holiday dinners at the grandparents’ houses but do not recall any of the dishes. My
parents had a beautiful set of fine China that we used only at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
My sister used to make the crystal goblets sing at the end of dinner. I do recall with great
fondness a set of cups my grandma had at the farm.
These were every day cups that we kids used. We often argued over who had which color.
The aluminum cups were in a variety of shades. I loved the purple cup but would happily
settle for the red. I’d often race to the kitchen to claim my cup before someone else did.
There was something magical about those cups. I drank from them while watching the
sunset in “Paris” (Grandma and I would sit on the deck with a plate of sandwiches and our
drinks while the sunset and would pretend we were at a café in Paris).
Everything tasted better in those cups! The water was more refreshing and the Tang was
delicious. I refused to drink Tang at home. I do not recall exactly what happened to the
cups after my grandparents passed away. I believe they went to my aunt Janice.
Recently I found a set of the cups online. I excitedly told my mom who cautioned me
against buying them for my children.
“They make everything taste better!” I declared.
“No,” my mom shook her head. “That was the hint of blood. They were always cutting
I talked to my siblings and a few of my cousins and none of us recall ever getting cut from
the metal cups. We all agreed that everything tasted better when drinking from them. I
realize now that it was the well water which gave everything the better taste but I still long
for a purple aluminum glass filled with Tang while watching the sunset.
Do you have a certain cup designated for specific drinks?