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Single Coffee Drinker, Single Cup Coffee Maker, 30 Coffee Cups

Updated on November 7, 2011

As I emptied the dishwasher this morning, putting away the single coffee cup that my husband used for his Sunday morning breakfast, I realized that we have a lot of coffee cups. As I put his "ECU Dad" purple and gold cup among the others in the cabinet, I stopped and thought, "Why do we have so many coffee cups?" I quickly pulled them all out of the cabinet and took inventory. Wow, we have stock piled 30 coffee cups!

Maybe that's not a lot to others, but it is a lot to me. I'm not a collector. I keep my house in order and throw things away regularly. Aside from being compulsively neat, we're a military family. When you move a lot, you tend to get rid of things.

A few years ago, I bought my husband a Keurig single cup coffee maker because my husband and I are the only ones left at home. He is the only one who drinks coffee. He was repeatedly complaining about wasting coffee because he'd make a pot but only drink one cup of coffee a morning. When our daughter occasionally comes to visit, she may have a cup of coffee. Do we really need 30 coffee cups to have a cup of coffee???


The truth of the matter is that my husband is a souvenir cup collector - but not by choice. You see, he is very difficult to buy for so the kids and I have found the easiest gift to give him is a new coffee cup.

We have cups from: The Michigan UP, New York, Chicago, Disney World, and Cruise Lines.

We have 8 coffee cups from our children's universities exclaiming that "Our money and our child go to . . . ."

We have an assortment of coffee cups that claim that our children's father is the "Best Dad in the World."

And we have our daughter's skull mug. However, once she realizes that she left it here, she will quickly reclaim one of her prized possessions (She's an anthropologist who loves bones!).

Well, I don't think I'll be getting rid of my husband's coffee cups. At least I can hide them in the cabinet. The ceramic fish collection that he tried to start when we went to Mexico several years ago would have been a bit more conspicuous.

Hopefully, he will never notice my shot glass collection. I'm only up to 15.

Hmmmm??????? He has coffee cups. I have shot glasses. Gotta love our respective ways of taking the edge off life.


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