Tuesday 5 July 2011

The owl and the pussycat

Yesterday I broke one of my favourite mugs. It was one of a set of four mugs decorated with purple owls (as pictured right) that I'd only just bought to replace one of my other favourite mugs that I'd also broken.

I'm a bit superstitious about mugs. As well as getting sentimentally attached to certain mugs, I also feel that they can bring me luck - or at least make me feel more cheerful when I am drinking out of them.

Owls, being a symbol of wisdom, could help me when writing my blog, I thought as I popped the set of crockery into my trolley in Tesco while doing my weekly shop.

My previous favourite mug - the one I broke earlier - had a cheerful ginger cat on it (see picture below). It was one of a pair bought for me and my partner as a gift just after we got our two ginger kittens many years ago. You can see them in the picture at the top, as they were when they were kittens.

When I broke the mug, I had a moment's worry that I might mean one of my real ginger cats was going to have an accident. But my fears where unfounded. Nothing bad has happened to my moggies - they seem happy and healthy as ever. I'm also sure my broken owl mug won't mean I suddenly get writer's block and find myself at a loss for what to post on A Bad Witch's Blog.

What these breakages are is just a reminder that nothing lasts forever and that material possessions are not as important as our friends, family, loved ones and beloved pets. Relationships are what really need treasuring; a set of mugs can be replaced.

And, if I'm feeling particularly industrious, I might even recycle those broken mugs into a mosaic-covered flower pot: http://www.ehow.com/how_4507174_recycle-broken-china-mosaic-pots.html

The picture of the set of four Tesco owl mugs was sent to me by Jo Offord, a kind PR person. The set is available in store for £6, I have been asked to mention.

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Denise said...

Love this post - I had a similar thought today hearing Aung San Suu Kyi's Leith Lecture. Your cats are
beautiful too.

Mini said...

I love this post, especially - "Relationships are what really need treasuring; a set of mugs can be replaced." :)