Twenty years is a lot of tea and coffee. A lot of tea parties with the girls (we have two now), a lot of mixing salad dressing and holding colorful frosting for holiday cookies. These little cups are good for so many things, after all.
This is the only one left:
We never replaced the others, not really. What fills our shelves are a mish-mash of odd mugs collected or made over the years. We've received "thank you" mugs with our names printed on them for good deeds done. We have a few bland Ikea mugs that don't even merit a photograph. There are a few matching mugs—in straggling twos and threes—given as holiday gifts with a pound of coffee or box of special tea.
But mostly what we're left with are the oddballs. The joke and novelty mugs that are just too funny to toss but too weird to love. Like this one, a dandy little guy that wishes us a Happy Winter, year-round.
This one is my favorite. It's informative, with a nice long description of Bigfoot sitings over the 20th century.
It's hard to imagine parting with these guys, such familiar faces in the morning. But it's time. It's time to grow up, toss the reindeer mug and throw down the big bucks for matching more adult mugs. Or at least matching mugs. Again. But without the big white gown and catering.