The Perfect Mug

As an avid coffee drinker, I think it’s only right that I’m rather picky about what my coffee comes in.  I like a BIG mug with a handle so big that I can fit almost my whole hand in it.  The shape has to be just right and the width of the mug sides have to be fairly thin.  Needless to say, it can be daunting to find the perfect mug.  When I do find one that I love, I treasure it. 

For the longest time, I’ve had two mugs that I love.  (and a whole lot of strays that are pushed to the back of the cupboard as they didn’t make the cut) Those two mugs have been showing their age with chips and little tiny cracks on the inside.  I knew they really needed to be retired to the Great  Cabinet in the Sky, but I wasn’t quite ready to let them go yet…I still needed them.   I’d been searching desperately for a replacement to no avail, when Shaun finally found it.  The newest Perfect Mug for my collection. 

I had my mug for about a week when tragedy struck.  Yesterday, I came home to a tearful Mimi.  She had done the unthinkable…she broke my mug.

Of course, I forgave her.  I know that accidents happen.  Later on, when I checked my email, I found one that she had sent me.  I thought it was adorable (in the way that perhaps only a mother can) so I forwarded it to Shaun.

Here it is:

mom while i was getting my quessedia ready to put in the microwave i had an accident. i was moving stuff out of the way and i moved a bag. your blue cup with flowers broke and there is no way to fix it i already tried five diffrent ways. i will buy you another one. i feel really bad. but please dont yell at me i already did to myself. im sorry like nothing could ever fix it!!!

XOXO
lots of love
(she signed her first and last name, apparently I forget who she is sometimes!)

P.S. i am soooooooooooooooooooo sorry mommy

It seems as though fathers can think it’s adorable too.  When Shaun came home he called Mimi to him right away.  Between the two of them, I got this.

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29 Responses to The Perfect Mug

  1. Oh, what a sweet email!! And look at all those great mugs!!

  2. Tink says:

    Look at that line-up! I don’t think you’ll need another coffee mug ever again. You have an awesome family. I cracked up at the email though. I used to write the same kind of letters to my Mom.

  3. Kell says:

    That is so sweet. The poor thing, asking you not to yell at her, like you would (ha!). That’s a sweet story.

  4. Stephanie says:

    I know all about the perfect mug. It is some mythical thing that maybe you find once or twice in your life right? I am always on the hunt for the next perfect mug…I sometimes think I have found it and…then….sadly am let down. I love the look of those ones. I think I saw them at Star-shmucks right? That’s where I aquirred my latest “perfect” mug as well. It looks like they more than made up for her mistake. I loved the email. So sweet :o)

  5. tommiea says:

    are those the ones from Starbucks??

    they are so cute!

  6. snpnmnmi says:

    I am going to cry! Brings back memories… I wrote my Dad a similar note when I thought I had lost his pocket knife. We didn’t have e-mail, of course, so I snuck (is that even a word?… it doesn’t look right) it in to his lunchbox. I got a response similar to “you’re more important to me than a knife”.
    Love the mug, though! Had a couple of tall ones I liked, before Moira, a purple Eeyore one and a light blue that said aomething about keeping your mind open to the possibilities… needless to say, I don’t have them anymore. So now I have one medium sized (i’m sure the maker thought it was large) one with a Thomas Kincaid pic on it. I’m into the aesthetics as well as the size. I do like a good, wide handle hole, though.
    Have a great day!

  7. Coffespaz says:

    That is just too cute!! I love the email and the fact that Shaun helped her find a (well, several) replacements. Too sweet!

  8. Cazzie says:

    Our babies give us pleasant surprises sometimes when we least expect it..and I think our blogs are a great way to remind ourselves of the fact we are doing a great job as mums 🙂
    Wonderful post, thanks for sharing…oh, btw, I heart my coffee too!!!

  9. amyszoo says:

    Hi! Just visiting from It’s a Wonderful Life. This is such a sweet post. Literally, made me teary eyed. What a sweet child. And that amount of mugs should last you awhile!

    I understand the favorite mug thing though. I had one, big, red mug that I always had my tea in. My husband had a little accident with it. Oops! Oh well, what are you going to do? It’s only a mug, right?

    Take care,
    Amy

  10. ashley says:

    You have such a cool family. 🙂

  11. gawilli says:

    Mimi is a sweetie and I think Shaun gets a big A+ too! Most of all, I think you are right on with what is most important. That is really quite something. When I was a teenager I broke my mom’s big crock bowl; the one she made the dressing in every Thanksgiving with my Uncle Bob. I felt so awful. My friend and I drove all over trying to find a suitable replacement, finally settling on the closest one we could find. It just wasn’t the same. To this day I feel bad about that and it was almost 40 year ago. Your priorities are definitely in the right place. Bravo.

    Oh, and I love my coffee, and truly understand the mug thing. I like them big and heavy!

  12. J-Funk says:

    I am not a big coffee drinker. I was at a conference last week and was asking around for the decaf coffee – but then I was embarrassed to admit I was from Seattle (who doesn’t drink real coffee that’s from Seattle?). I like the big perfect mugs for my decaf coffee and my tea though.

  13. Susan says:

    Songbird~Aren’t they wonderful!

    Tink~I don’t remember writing letters like that…she must’ve gotten it from her dad!

    Kell~She really is harder on herself than we would ever be. She seems to have gotten over the trauma now.

    Stephanie and Tommiea~Actually they came from Fred Meyer and this week they were on clearance…how cool is that!

  14. Susan says:

    snpnmnmi ~(I always think Snuffelufagus from Sesame Street when I see your name) aesthetics are important, but I’m more about the “feel” of it. I still have my first mug with a big glaring tomcat on it that says “I am smiling” the handle has fallen off, but I still love it….it’s great for holding paint brushes.

    Coffeespaz~I think he’s pretty great.

    Cazzie~I think of my blog as my memory, it holds all the little things that I would most likely forget. I’ll check out the link shortly.

    Hi Amy~ Even though it’s only a mug, you have to feel just a twinge of sadness…then move on to the next cup!

    Ashley~awwww thanks! (I didn’t realize you were still lurking. Mimi wanted to have lunch with you over break…maybe in the summer)

    Gawilli~isn’t it funny the things we carry around with us? I still feel badly for breaking my gma’s pitcher when I was a kid. It wasn’t anything fancy and I tried to replace it…but still. I know where you are coming from.

    J-Funk~obviously you haven’t been here long enough yet! The only people that are allowed to not drink the caffine are LDS. So, you have two choices…LOL

  15. Lynne says:

    I just love this post, Susan. Great story, wonderfully told and great photography.

  16. Peggy says:

    That is such a sweet story. Poor Mimi – I used to torture myself about stuff like that too. I don’t know if I ever wrote a note though.

  17. Jay says:

    Not being a coffee drinker I don’t have the same kind of feelings for a coffee mug. But, I’ve known enough people who are hard core coffee drinkers that I understand it now. I used for a guy that would go crazy if somebody even moved his mug. One day a new person washed it. I thought he was going to fire the guy. Don’t mess with people’s mugs!

  18. MoJoKat says:

    That is really sweet of both your daughter and husband. You’re family definitely seems to have the priorities right. You don’t get to see family dynamics like yours much anymore…Bravo to you all!

    Looks like you’re set on coffee mugs for a little while at least! Awe…its so nice to know you’re loved, and it’s obvious that you are!

  19. Awww that’s sweet! But I understand the fussiness with coffee mugs… I’m the same. I like drinking tea/coffee from tall and deep mugs. I don’t do those little dainty coffee cups and saucers with flowers and more dainty decors on them — makes me feel like a fraud really 😛

  20. Diesel says:

    That email is worth SO much more than a silly coffee mug. 🙂

  21. mrs darling says:

    Well how sweet was that! I love mugs too. I have different ones for my different moods! LOL

  22. barnmouse says:

    hee hee! I used to write those notes to my mom too, except that when I was young it was before the age of the internet, so I used to make my mom cards with drawings on them and sometimes poems inside about how I was so sorry and please forgive me. Fast forward about 19 years and I’m in my parent’s bathroom looking for nail clippers and what do I find? A stack of those old “I’m such a horrible daughter” cards that I made! Moms are the best 😉

  23. Cheryl says:

    I have two favorite mugs. I like them big too. I’ve been using my tall Starbucks one since Christmas. Lucky for you that replacements were around for your blue flowered one. It looks like it had babies.

  24. Dorky Dad says:

    Mugs … I’m very particular about my mugs, too. They must be large. Very large. I want to fit a gallon of coffee in my mug.

    That was a great response, though, to your broken mug …

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  26. Kristina says:

    My goodness. You just have the most beautiful stories; it’s always great to see how loving you and Shaun are with your kids, and how absolutely endearing your children are.

  27. Susan says:

    Lynne~thank you!

    Peggy~she’s such a sweetie sometimes…she really does have a wonderful kind heart

    Kat~I’ve noticed I’m having a hard time choosing which mug to use now…too many choices!

    Princess~Dainty cups are for little old ladies!

    Diesel~I know…I just love it. I wish she had handwritten it, but I’ll take what I can get

    Mrs. D~ Huh…I think I’d have to get too many mugs if I had one to match each of my moods…although the morning one would always be “grumpy”

    Barnmouse~how awesome that your mom kept all of those. And I’m sure you weren’t awful!

    Cheryl~Those are some pretty big babies!

    Dorky Dad~yoe is me…I can only fit about half a gallon in there

    Tylor~Wow! What an honor! Thank you!

    Kristina~endearing? you should see her in a temper tantrum! Oh, wait…I meant “thank you”!

  28. Betty says:

    I’m very particular about my coffee mugs, too. Kell has one that I covet, and I’d like to have several like it, since I am also particular about not wanting to use the same mug two days in a row, unless it’s been in the dishwasher. Me and my quirks! lol