Photo by Cheryl Batavia
Blue & White Mugs
Blue and white souvenir mugs
in our Miami Beach drug store…
art deco and wildlife scenes…
I bought four!
The kids grew; we planned to travel…
They wanted to help push Dad’s chair.
I looked forward to collecting
blue and white mugs from everywhere!
A three-generation Carribean cruise…
Dad’s last-minute illness caused cancellation.
We scheduled a Carribean cruise
for our family vacation.
I spent a night in the hospital with Dad…
They failed to draw blood despite many tries.
Dad checked himself out before daybreak;
we drove to the beach and watched the sunrise.
Then we went home to pack our bags
for the final voyage of the Norway…
Mom, Dad, and kids sailed that afternoon.
We had decided to “seize the day!”
The kids and I snorkeled. Our family
explored islands, listened to steel bands,
dressed for dinner, went to shows…
and we bought a mug, as I had planned.
The Batavia Family aboard the Norwegian Ship, Norway
Dad died within the year. I put the
Carribean mug where it wouldn’t break,
fragile, precious souvenir of the
only family cruise we would ever take!
Years later, I retired to the Gulf coast.
Just one Miami Beach mug remained
when we moved to our new house.
I thought about putting that mug away…
I chose to use both irreplaceable mugs…
I have tea with my memories every day.
One day the mugs may break,
and that will be okay!
Copyright© 2020 by Cheryl Batavia