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Monday Mug Club: #15

Today we turn back to yesteryear and the sacrifices of our predecessors.

Tanya writes:  “This pic is of a cup and saucer that belonged to my grandmother from Westmeath, Ontario, Canada.  At age 15, her parents and baby brother drowned in the winter when their vehicle slid off a bridge and into icy cold water.  She was left to run the family farm and raise her younger sisters.  She grew up speaking French and had to learn English.  Many teacups filled her cupboard and one of her favorite things to do was to have her hot cup of tea in the evening.

“Growing up, I was always fond of this one because of the beautiful colors.  It is called ‘Apple Blossom’.  When she passed in 2001, this was the only teacup and saucer that no one claimed and I was so fortunate to get it.”

Thanks for sharing that, Tanya.  This speaks to me on so many levels.  I also grew up in a very cold area where there was snow for six months of the year, and one day, as my mother drove us to town, we hit black ice (very thin, almost indistinguishable).  The car skidded, careened, and spun, finally stopping, hanging by the back wheels which had not yet crashed through the guard rails.  The icy river below would have meant certain death.  I was a very young child, but I remember my mom screaming out to the Lord and we were saved.

The challenges of life come to all, some more than others, such as Tanya’s grandmother, orphaned in her teens.  Yet she prevailed.  Her teacups brought some stability and alleviated the stress of the day.  By evening, she could relax and catch her breath, bolstered for whatever would lie ahead.

Enjoy a cup of tea today and count your blessings.  It’s going to be a great day.  Happy Monday!



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