Monday, December 03, 2007


I have done a lot of thinking about this.

At this point in my life, I do not have any collections. I do not collect albums. I do not collect any figurines of any sort. I abhor stuffed animals of any kind. All collections have always seen to be quite impractical. I don't want a collection that collects dust.

I have always enjoyed collections that other people have. I saw a snow globe collection on television and even enjoyed it, yet I would never have that type of collection. Impractical.

It occurred to me this morning as I made coffee. I turned from my coffee maker to my cupboard that held my coffee cups. I have 12 lovely purple cups from our dishes that we received for our wedding, but I NEVER choose a purple mug. There are at least four other mugs that I will drink from before I choose a purple mug. This morning, it was a seasonal favorite that was given to me by Tim's mom, the white mug with a Christmas deer.

I stood and sipped my coffee and realized that I should collect mugs. Not just any mugs, but great mugs. Mugs that are unique and different and meaningful.

The mug in the photo is a perfect example. That notepaper is such an important part of my daily life as I try to teach 14 five year olds how to write. I see that paper every day. Even after my kindergarten days are over, I will think of kindergarten when I drink from this mug. Therefore, I am buying this mug. For my new collection.

As I began to write this post, I realized that I have even wrote about two of my beloved mugs already. The rainbow mug that Jodi gave to me and I think of her every time I drink from it. The "I'm In Charge Here" mug given to me from my student when I taught in Iowa. See. I have had mugs on the mind for quite some time.


Carm said...

Recently I've stopped drinking coffee so as to consume as much water as humanly possible in a given day... unfortunately, like you, I have some great mugs. One of my very favorites came from Shelly, it's blue and it reads in small white letters "Men Lie." For some reason it always cracks me up. The cynicism. Ahhhh...

Carm said...

oops... I mean, I'm GLAD to have some great mugs... unfortunately I'm not using them as much as I once did.

Anonymous said...

The "other" mugs always seem more attractive than the mugs that come with a set, don't they?

Mathman said...

I used to have an awful lot of coffee mugs, especially for someone who never drinks coffee and rarely drinks other hot beverages. I ended up giving a lot of them away before I moved the last time I moved.