My Favorite Mug

No, I’m not talking about my face. I like my face well enough. I just don’t like how it keeps looking older whenever I walk past a mirror. No, what I’m talking about is a coffee receptacle. Like any dedicated coffee drinker, I have a favorite mug. In my case, it’s a Halloween mug with a cartoon of Dracula displayed prominently on the side. I saw it at Kroger a few years back and it was one of those impulse items I just had to have. Even though that mug has gotten cracked and chipped over time, it still has a special place in my heart. Not because of the mug itself, but for what it represents.

Back when my boys where in grade school, numerous masterpieces would make their way home in their backpacks. Every parent has had not-so-flattering portraits of them drawn by their little Picassos. Invariably, any pictures of me, drawn by my son Jeffrey, would all have the same recognizable widow’s peak. The trademark of Dracula. Since the Count and I share the same hairline, I came to be known as Dadula in all of his artistic creations. It became the family joke, as more and more of these drawings would depict Dadula in various activities. Dadula mows the lawn, rakes the leaves, shovels the snow, goes to the beach (SPF 5000 of course), etc.

Although I have become more follically challenged over the years, I find that I miss those sketches. Since my boys are all grown up, the stream of drawings has ceased to flow. My only regret is that we didn’t save any of them. There are plenty of other pictures, but Dadula isn’t in any of them. I feel like part of my son’s childhood has been lost. Oh well, you can’t save every picture your kid draws, otherwise, you’d have to rent a storage locker. Even though Dadula is lost to the dustbin of time, he can still rise from his coffin. If I ever want to see him again, all I have to do is grab my favorite mug out of the cupboard, and Dadula Lives!!!

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