Once upon a time, JewishGal and JewishGuy went to the Renegade Craft Fair. At the first booth they saw pottery (JewishGal's weakness at craft fairs) and there was this perfect mug. This mug that had a tree with a robin sitting in it: a Robin Mug. This was the perfect mug for JewishGal. She bought it. It was an expensive mug but it was immediately her favorite mug.
This mug was indirectly (or directly?) the inspiration for JewishGal & JewishGuy's wedding. JewishGal's name means "bird" and JewishGuy's name means "tree". The theme for the wedding ended up being birds in trees...
Soon after the wedding, JewishGuy went on a trip to Houston and JewishGal planned an elaborate surprise... she redid the kitchen, unpacked all the wedding pots and pans and reorganized the kitchen. This took a long time and she was very tired so she went to bed late, exhausted.
She woke in the morning. Her eyes bleary and her brain fuzzy, she began to prepare her daily tea. She of course used the robin mug. As she poured the boiling water into the mug, she missed and poured it right onto her hand. Her fingers uncontrollably opened and the mug fell to the floor, smashing to pieces. She cried, not about her burning finger (which she wrapped), but about the mug. She was afraid this was a bad sign. The robin mug was in shards. Sadly, she swept up the pieces and kept them together, not knowing what to do with them but not wanting to throw it away.
Months later, JewishGuy glued the mug together.
The plan now is to hold onto it, perhaps using it as a small pot for a flower or a plant.
But it could no longer be JewishGal's favorite mug. She went to the artist's etsy page but there were no more robin mugs for sale. She went to the Renegade Craft Fair two more times, but Jennie the Potter was not there.
JewishGal was very sad.
Tomorrow is JewishGal & JewishGuy's 7 year anniversary (from when they began officially "dating" ... it's the anniversary of JewishGuy's first visit of many in their 2 1/2 year long-distance relationship before JewishGal moved to Houston). JewishGuy ruined the surprise by saying he had a present. JewishGal couldn't wait until February 1 for the present. So he brought it out...
It was FOUR NEW ROBIN MUGS.
(two pictured here, the other two are already dirty from this morning's coffee & tea. also pictured: kitty chest.)
JewishGuy commissioned them from Jennie the Potter!
They are a symbol of JewishGuy & JewishGal again :)
(and look, there are even little blue eggs - one mug has one egg and another mug has two eggs!)