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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I can never recall being at her house and not seeing this mug.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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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.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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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

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Samantha Pollack is  a Positioning Strategist & Copywriter who creates powerful brand personalities and compelling marketing copy for service providers, creatives, BIPOC women, AuDHD folks, activists, queers, weirdos, and other smart people.

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