Sunday, 3 November 2013

Story Telling Sunday 3 Pick your Precious, November

This blog entry is brought to you through the inventiveness of Sian over at FromHighintheSky After you have read my little offering why not click on the link and see what everyone else has said. Make a cuppa, it will take a while but I can't think of a better way to spend an hour.


This is my November precious - the cup not the coffee. Actually I have two of them, both are for my use exclusively. Everyone who has been to our house more than once knows that these are MY coffee mugs. They are the perfect shape for keeping a cuppa warm for longer than usual. They are just the right weight so that they don't make your arm ache when they are full - important when you have ME and it is doing its worst. The top is exactly the right size to be able to keep an eye on a toddler while still drinking hot coffee and the best bit of all...
Mr M bought them for me.
He bought them 32 years ago. One of the "boys" in work had some coffee mugs for sale - I know, I know, he works in a steel works so what was a steelworker doing.... they are a special breed are steelworkers, especially electrical steel.

Where was I? Oh yes.

We had just set up home together, Mr M and me and my three children aged 15, 13 and 12. We had found a house where the rent was HUGE, we had an old ambulance as our mode of transport and it did 15 miles to the gallon. Work for Mr M was 30 miles away so he used 4 gallons of petrol per day to get to and from work. We had no money after food and light and stuff and he came home one day with these two mugs. He had paid 50pence each for them.
I have used them ever since. One of them has a tiny chip out of the rim, close to the handle so it doesn't get in the way. Everyone knows my mug and everyone knows how to make a cup of instant, that I will like, in it. they really would be the thing I would pick up and take with me if there was a hurricane. Now you must excuse me while I drink that coffee. It will still be hot and I can read your stories while I sip.

17 comments:

Amy said...

We have a collection of mugs in our house and I can remember, clearly, when we got each one and where we were living and what we were doing ... mugs are very special!

alexa said...

Lovely that you have kept them and use them, and that they are a repository of memories, as well as coffee! for a particular time in your life.

Sheena said...

I love how you still have them & use them x
We have a collection of mugs & each time I use one the memories it stills are just delightful xxx

Sian said...

What an amazing record. I thought we were doing well here with our 25 year old breakfast mugs..but this is something else! I can remember my Mum buying some stoneware mugs round about the same time and they have all gone. A wonderful workaday precious, and I mean that as a compliment!

Melissa said...

How wonderful that you have such a great story to go along with these mugs & years of memories, too. I wonder what stories these mugs could tell about your day to day lives as they been with you for such a length of time! Great story!

debs14 said...

My family know not to use my special green mug either! Once you find one that just tastes 'right' never let it go!

Missus Wookie said...

Amazing to think of how long those mugs have been part of your life. What a wonderful thing to have as a precious.

Jo said...

Such a lovely story. I collect cups and mugs and have certain mugs for certain drinks, your mugs are lovely x

Jane said...

what lovely mugs, enjoy your coffee

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

That is amazing to still have them after all this time. I have a little mug that a friend gave me when were at High School together, but it is too small to hold a proper size cuppa, that's why it is still intact!

Becky said...

Wow! To still have them after all that time is wonderful!

jeanie g said...

What wonderful memories you can conjure over a mug of coffee! Lovely story too.

Barbara Eads said...

I have a favorite mug too. Since I'm exclusively a tea drinker, everyone knows I would freak if they used it and put coffee in it!! They're better off leaving it alone!

Cheri said...

I am amazed at how long you have held onto them! Things around here (kitchen things) don't last as long since we got tile floors. Drop anything and it shatters into a million tiny pieces. And I think my whole family has slippery fingers!

Karen said...

I am so impressed with how long you have had them and can fully understand why they are so precious to you

Miriam said...

A mug full of memories, I love it.

Gail said...

How wonderful they've lasted all these years with just that one little chip.