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Mother, This Mug's For You!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

During the holiday season, I often find myself visiting, in my memory, with loved ones lost.

I had a remarkable childhood, as I came to understand more fully while writing the family history for my grandchildren.

My childhood home was way out in the country. While I was ages 12 to 18, I attended school in the nearest town, and the school bus dropped me at our gate around 4:45 each afternoon. In Wyoming, where I spent my early years, the winter temperatures often stayed below freezing all day. It was dark before I got home.

With my boots crunching in the snow, I trudged up the long drive to the brightly-lit house. Mother would be in the kitchen, and the tea kettle would be whistling. She would pour us each a cup of tea, using her little strainer to catch the leaves. She would put some bread-and-butter or a few cookies on a plate. We would sit in front of the fireplace in the living room and sip and discuss our activities of the day. I learned very young, that I had better have something more interesting than, "Nothing" to report about my day at school!

How precious those few daily moments were! The closeness of two ladies with our tea.

Then I would delve into my school work, and Mother would start cooking dinner. My brother would come in from the barn and Daddy would return from his job at the railroad. We would be just another busy family with our evening duties.

I'm alone now, living in the Sunny Southwest where I seldom see snow or a freezing day.

I order fancy teas from the internet, and rarely eat cookies. Still, I always sit down in the late afternoon with a cup of tea.

Mother, I dedicate this mug to you!
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SPEEDY143 12/13/2013 1:52PM

    Lovely emoticon thank you for sharing such a sweet simple memory "cheers" emoticon to the good ole' days emoticon

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TIME-4-TINA 12/12/2013 7:32AM

    Love this blog. felt like I was reading a good book. You brought it to life. I could actually picture you walking through the snow. Sitting by the fire with you mom. My son came home from College yesterday for his holiday break. Him, my daughter and I had hot chocolate last night by the fire, while we trimmed the tree. Hope they remember these carefree days of youth like we all do.

happy holidays and thanks for the goodie.

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TEXASFILLY 12/9/2013 10:20PM

    Awww~ *hugs* You're a heartbreaker, beautiful~ And your beloved Mother must've been one fine lady to have a treasure such as you~ Thanks for sharing. As I grow older I find myself walking down memory lane with my beloveds who've gone before me. God bless you both, dear heart~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 12/8/2013 9:53AM

    wonderful!

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CVRONEK 12/8/2013 9:49AM

    Lovely post.

It is similar with me, but with coffee.

Fortunate to still have afternoon coffee with Mama. She is 89 and we are still enjoying this time, together.

You should write a book, as you have a wonderful way with words.
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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/7/2013 11:44PM

    What a charming memory.

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DESERTDREAMERS 12/4/2013 11:24PM

    Sweet

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MEADSBAY 12/4/2013 8:28PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely memory.
I did not have such a great childhood but I did get my love of tea from my mother and grandmother.
I was told one of my very first sentences was asking my grandmother if she wanted a cup of tea by saying "Am a cup-a-tea, Granma?".
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BATCHICK 12/4/2013 11:05AM

    what a lovely memory. it's very snowy where I am, and I think I might just have to grab a hot mug of tea!

Thanks for sharing, warmed my heart.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 12/4/2013 7:01AM

    There is nothing like a nice cup of tea in the afternoon. I always refer to it as Nector of the Gods. emoticon

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TAICHIDANCER 12/4/2013 5:44AM

    I am so sorry that my mother never got to meet my wife. They would have enjoyed many cups of tea together.

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_VALEO_ 12/4/2013 3:11AM

    O, precious memories! Thank you for sharing this cup of tea with us too, as well as that beautiful text of yours on flying times, memories and tea--a la Proust's style.

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IMLOCOLINDA 12/4/2013 2:19AM

    What a beautiful trip down a snowy memory lane!!

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KAREN608 12/4/2013 12:32AM

    Very lovely memory. A nice sit down time before moving on to work. A time of catching up. I don't suppose you miss the snow.

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BARCLE 12/3/2013 9:43PM

    What wonderful memories and a lovely blog - thanks for sharing emoticon

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BLUEJEANS27 12/3/2013 7:18PM

    Love this blog. My mother and I would sit down together and each have a Tab (yuck!!) when I got home from school. But I loved those moments together.

Julia

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