Forget-Me-Not Mom for Tea

It’s the last week of February and in years past, I would be wishing my mother a Happy Birthday.

However, it has been nine years since I lost her home to Heaven with the Lord after a two year battle with ovarian cancer.  She was a constant source of inspiration and long suffering through it and I was so blessed to spend quality time with her in her last year after I moved back to my home town.

Since I’ve been blogging I’ve decided to make it an annual post every year to find a teacup mother would love.  She started collecting them and passed her love of teatime and tea things and all things British onto me.  I have a number of her teacups.  Last year, I featured HERE this beautiful Shelley scalloped-edged Lily of the Valley teacup I’d found at an antique show.  The Lily of the Valley was my mom’s favorite flower.

This year, I found another Lily of the Valley – coupled with another flower I felt ever so appropriate – Forget-Me-Nots!  I’ve had it displayed on my tea cabinet shelves awaiting this very post!

It’s a lovely Royal Albert cup and in one of my very favorite shapes!

I grew up enjoying teatime with mom.  While other kids had milk and cookies as a snack when they came home from school, mother always set out a lovely afternoon tea for my sister and me.  She always served it in teacups and saucers, with a little milk and sugar – which was my favorite way to take it as a child. 

Mother NEVER drank her tea from a mug – ALWAYS an elegant china cup and saucer.

Mom grew up on a chicken farm here in South Jersey – once the Egg Capital of the World with the most highly concentrated number of egg farms, egg, and poultry production globally.   Here she is – the little gal in the middle on a summer day back in 1944 . . .

There were always plenty of eggs for baking.  Mom usually baked wonderful treats from scratch.  No Twinkies for us!  I remember her sponge cake and applesauce cake fondly.  Her apple pie could not be beat!  But, sometimes, all there was to serve with tea after school were saltine and jelly sandwiches – which I still love as an adult!

Of course, when it was cold in the winter, mother would help us guard against cold and flu with one of her hot toddies!  Lemon and honey replaced milk and sugar.  And – on occasion – a teaspoon of whiskey!

Hey – it was still the 1960’s and the world was still Mayberry.  Nobody every heard of half the health issues children struggle with today.  We ate largely whole foods and were rarely sick.  Home remedies like grandma used to make still presided.

I forget not how it was.

So, thanks for the tea, Mom – and Happy Birthday

She’d have been 75 years old had she lived.  Teatime and thoughts of you and how thankful I am to have called you “Mom”.

Sharing Forget-Me-Not Mom for Tea this week with:

Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. What a lovely commemorative post Kathy. Your Mom must be so proud of you, and is obviously part of the “great cloud of witnesses”. The teacups are lovely. How appropriate! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Hello Miss Kathy,
    What a lovely tribute to your dear mother. And your new cup is beautiful and will certainly give you good cheer. What sweet memories you have of her, and of tea time.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  3. She was so lovely, and she’d be so proud of you, Kathy! You have truly honored her with your beautiful tribute and pretty forget-me-not and lily-of-the-valley teacup. I so enjoyed hearing more about her,and seeing her pictures. You are blessed with such wonderful memories of an exceptionally fine woman,a very special and beloved Mother!
    Love, Linda

  4. I love lilies of the valley so the teacup is beautiful, not a beautiful as your post thanks so much for sharing your Mom with us she seemed like a fine Lady and a great Mom, have a great week…

  5. What a lovely way to commemorate your Mother’s birthday. My mother left this world seven years ago. Had she lived, she would now be 96! Her favorite flower was lilacs. Although she was a coffee drinker, she instilled in me the joy of all things lovely and beautiful, and honoring her with a tea cup each year would be perfectly in keeping with her spirit. I may have to borrow your idea! Thank you for sharing this day with us. (((hugs))) and a cup of tea to you!

  6. This is such a sweet post & tribute to your mother. How blessed you are to have been loved & raised by such a lovely lady and mother. Stories like this about your tea time with your mother are all the more an encouragement for me to create memories such as these with my grandchildren. Sweet memories help carry us through sad times, and are treasured gifts to our children & grandchildren.

  7. Oh Miss Kathy, do pass the Kleenex. What a dear post about your sweet mom. I love reading about families and your mother would just give you the biggest hug if she could read this. A lovely tribute to your mom.

  8. What a delightful post. Those are beautiful teacups too! I’ve never seen lily of the valley on a cup like that. Quite a collectible.

  9. This is a sweet and touching post! I’m so glad you own lovely memories of your time with your mother. WHat a treat to find the charming teacup that reminds you of her each time you see it. HAPPY March, Miss K.

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