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  • Today is February 8.

    The calendar reminds me of what I should remember.

    With arithmetic, on February 8, if Mom were here, we’d be celebrating her 88th birthday.

    88 on the 8th.

    I am rummaging around my house for the reminders. I eventually find searching in my flickr memory that I’ve done them all before.

    Multiple times.

    It’s the butterfly mug that should be the memory.

    She found them at a Fort Myers flea market and eventually everyone in the family had at least one. In normal state, the outer decorations are a dark matte color, but fill the mug with warm liquid and they decals change to bright colors.

    I set up the photo above as a shot in my cabinet.
  • I poured some water in from the kettle that I had used to make tea earlier. No change. Hmm, well the water was not much warmer than room temperature.

    Hot water from the tap.

    No colors.

    Was the magic gone?

    I’ve been more worried about the day I accidently drop her mug on the hard tile floor, and I cry at the busted shards.

    One more try.

    Microwave.
  • Whew, the butterflies showed their colors.

    Wondermug plus Mom's magic.

    And one hangs near my favorite photo of Mom– this was on her last visit here in Arizona in 2010 when I asked her to try and recreate her high school yearbook pose.

    Thanks, calendar.
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