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Friday, November 02, 2007

A mug full of memories

When we stayed at Andy and Linda’s cabin on Lake Wallenpaupack, PA we did a little antique shopping in nearby Hawley. That was when I saw them. The Indian mugs of my childhood. Memories of sipping sweet, hot cocoa topped with a dollop of Marshmallow Fluff™  drifted up from my subconscious to tickle my brain. I hadn’t thought of those mugs in forever, yet here they were in all their kitschy glory.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

The price was a little steep and with much regret I passed them up. After I got home I could not stop thinking about them. They brought back such wonderful memories of my Mom. She always served us hot chocolate in them, and nothing else. I decided I had to have them.

So, I emailed the antique shop and started inquiries with Thom into purchasing them, hopefully at a reduced price. I explained in my email that I had had them as a child and how my Mother (that I had recently lost) always served us hot chocolate in them. That was when I learned they were from the Hazel Atlas Glass Company, a now defunct glass manufacturer in West Virginia, and highly collectible. This particular full set of six were in pristine condition and had hardly, if ever, been used. I didn’t get my hoped-for price reduction, but I did get my mugs.

This past weekend we finally drove back over to Hawley to pick them up. When Thom handed me the box with my mugs he also gave me a small gift bag, saying that it was a little something extra. When I opened the bag I saw six packets of Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix inside. The tag on the gift bag read: “With my compliments: I hope it’s just like Mom used to make.”

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

How sweet was that? I have to admit that I could feel the tears welling up and threatening to spill over right there and then, but I managed to check them—only just. Thanks, Thom.  He told me that it meant a lot to him that his things went to people who would care about them. No worries there. Here they are at home:

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

My sister arrives tomorrow to join me next week in the arduous and nostalgia-filled task of sorting through and packing up our Mom's belongings. I'm sure we will share a cup of cocoa or two as the memories overwhelm us.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

For more interesting and detailed information on the Hazel Atlas Glass Company, follow this link.


:sniff, sniff: That is such a sweet post. My eyes welled up too, so I can only imagine how you felt!!


Some things are well worth some extra cash. The mugs are beautiful and a wonderful tribute to your mom.


yes, me too with the welling up.

such a lovely post, and experience and memory and things to have and share and remind you…


I’m so glad you went ahead and splurged for those mugs.  Some things are so worth the extra cost.  And Thom…what a guy!

I’ll be thinking of you this week.  I hope you have more laughter than tears while sorting through all of your mom’s stuff.

i am so pleased you got them in the end. definitely worth it. i know how it feels to have to clear the house. really odd aside from anything else.
thinking of you

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