My Grandmother’s Mug
My grandmother drank her (insanely hot) morning coffee out of this cup, every single day for the last several years of her life. It was always, always sitting out on her counter, either half full of lukewarm coffee she was planning to microwave and drink later that afternoon (ew), or freshly rinsed out and sitting on the dish towel she kept next to the sink. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I can never recall being at her house and not seeing this mug.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When she died (on this day in 2012), my sister and I both wanted it. More than silverware or china. More than the extensive collection of costume jewelry. More than the Oriental rugs, or all those beautiful, tiny clothes. This cup was more quintessentially hers than any of those things.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So, we split custody. We’ve been taking turns wrapping it and putting it under the Christmas tree every year. Every time I get it back, even though I know it’s coming, I’m utterly delighted. And I know my sister feels the same way. New traditions for the win. ❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Samantha Pollack writes creative copy (mostly emails) for feminist companies and/or thought leaders who are working to build a fairer, more connected culture. She’s also the founder of The Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur, a 6-week course that helps HSP business owners create healthier, more sustainable systems in their work.
She publishes frequent essays on feminism, privilege, pop culture, entrepreneurship, the creative process, and more on her website, cultofpersonality.co. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, and while she can *technically* work from anywhere, she prefers her adventures laptop-free.
Emails for cult thought leaders.
Want to learn how to craft emails that inspire action and engagement WITHOUT the “tried and true” (cough: patriarchal) norms we’ve all been taught?
I’m doing it, and I can show you how to do it, too.
(But sometimes, I also like to write about the books I’m reading, or the creative process, or the entrepreneurial experience, or why I hate Steve Jobs, or how I met my BFF. I’ll send you emails like that, too.)
*Just kidding. It’s only an email list.
Books. Cats. Rants. Drawrings.
(and every couple months or so, an unexplained absence 🤷🏻)