|ring around the rosie|
|Phil and Sarah|
She answered in her high English voice :
Hi Elle, I'm getting so excited for the visit!
Are you sure I can't bring you something?
Well, actually yes, you can- that's why I'm calling.
OK. What would you like? ( sweetness oozing from her lips by this point)
OK. Can you bring me a teacup?
(Silence....then finally an annoyed impertinent tone)
Ellen, are you mad? ( meaning crazy)
No. Not right now.
I am NOT bringing you one of my teacups.
OK, you don't have to. You just told me if I thought of something I should ask.
Ellen, WHY do you want me to bring you one of my teacups?
Well, because I collect teacups, and my Mom has given me a couple now, and some friends, so I just thought it would be nice to have one from you in my collection.
Dammit, Ellen I am not giving you any of my good teacups.
OK.No problem.I was just asking.
( silence again)
And if I did-you certainly cannot have my good Belleek one.
If I give you any it won't be a good one.
It doesn't have to be Angela. It just has to be from you.
No.( sigh) OK, dammit- you're a pain.
I know but just think about it.
She showed up today with this little beauty.
She tells me this is not one of her good teacups. Its just an old family thing. She got it from her great-grandmother, who gave it to her grandmother Amelia who was from Gal way Bay, which was given to the Munn family (her Mother), and then on to her. Tuscany china is located in Stafford-shire England,you may know it better for the company it eventually became better known as -Wedgwood. Its late 1800's.
Once she saw it on my shelf, she said matter-of-factly "Ellen, that looks nice there. When I become gravely ill, you can have the Belleek teacup too, come and get it." To which I burst out laughing and she did too, while we both hugged each other.
Yup, pretty much sums up how we interact. Should be a fun weekend.