I can't even be sure where I picked up this little mug, but I think it was a garage sale here in Wisconsin, shortly after we moved here. At some point, the poor little handle broke off but Ryan liked the design so much that he absconded it to use as a catch all on his bedside shelf. Imagine my surprise when my friend Jen, on her very first Favorite Things post, had the photograph below of a beloved mug and saucer she uses for tea. I love this happy little coincidence. Jen and I haven't seen each other in person for at least 9 years (oh my gosh, that needs to be remedied a.s.a.p. and should in about a month) and yet here we are, living 2,000 miles apart but drawn to the same aesthetics, sometimes down to the detail. When I saw her post, I got a little teary eyed and was reminded that despite the years and the distance, we have a connection as evidenced by her saucer and my mug. In subsequent days since her post, I've had an entire story line taking shape in my head of these two pieces, separated by circumstances and happenstance, only to eventually find each other, somewhere in the middle, sharing a cup of tea.
I miss you Jen.
p.s. the photo behind the mug is of Mimi, holding a very fat Baby Oliver, and me holding almost 3 year old Sam...this photographer spotted us in, ahem, taco bell, and asked if he could take our photo...one of the shots of Mimi and Oliver later turned up on a Yahoo homepage ad!