When we found out we would be officially making the move from Portland to the Netherlands, I began collecting handmade ceramic mugs from local Portland artists. I only began to appreciate the beauty and value of handmade ceramic art in the past year or so, but my mom has always loved it and every time I hunted for hidden gems at Goodwill I thought of her. The small collection I managed to put together is an every day reminder of home. The mugs make me feel closer to my roots.
All of that said, a few weeks ago my favorite mug by Covet & Ginger was on the table with remnants of frothed milk in the bottom. Eskimo (our cat) stuck his head in, and while he was gobbling up the leftovers pushed the mug right off the table. Of course it broke into pieces and made a mess on the floor. I was admittedly overly emotional about this loss. When you leave your entire life behind for a new adventure, sometimes you process this in tiny unexpected moments…like when you break a mug, or eat a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (or five).
Fast forward to today. We just spent a fabulous week with our good friends from Portland, Bill and Pamela. We galavanted around Leiden, Amsterdam, den Haag, and Rotterdam. Piet and I delivered them to the airport this morning and upon return home I proceeded to jump into bed and Netflix my sorrows away. Then came a knock at the door! A mystery packadge for me!
The artist behind Covet & Ginger, Kim Eckroth, saw my sad post about the broken mug on Instagram. I had salvaged the pieces and did a very shoddy job super gluing it back together which made a new home for some cacti. Kim apparently has the biggest heart in the world. She took it upon herself to contact a mutual friend, obtain my mailing address, and ship me a new mug! The expat life has lots of up and downs, but a moment like this means so much. A very sincerely THANK YOU to Kim. Your kindness will not be forgotten.
Needless to say, I trotted right over to the Nespresso machine and made a soy cappuccino with sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top, documented it for the sake of this blog post, and drank it in bed whilst watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. If you love ceramics, or know someone else who does, I urge you to check out her work www.covetandginger.com