Forest Preserve Mug

I first met this mug a long, long time ago in a land far, far away.  It was the summer of 1973 and I was working for the Cook County Forest Preserve District in Tinley Park, Illinois.  Every weekday we would go out and clean up the picnic groves – picking up trash and emptying out garbage drums.  On Sunday morning we would start work at 6:00 in the morning.  We would dash out there and do a quick run through to get the worst of the disaster left by the Saturday party people so the Sunday party people would be walking into a nice picnic experience.  The sun was just barely rising over the horizon and I was out there picking up trash when I discovered this nice mug.  Finders keepers, losers weepers!   😉

My mother used this mug for years for her beer and now I use it for tea but I sometimes wonder.

  • Whose mug was this?
  • Why did they leave it out there in the picnic grove?
  • Did they come back looking for it?
  • Do they ever think of their lost mug?
  • As this was nearly 44 years ago, are they even still alive?  😮


By the way, I am typing this from a Quality Inn in Payson, Utah.  Pam and I are here for a Young Living conference covering how essential oils and other products can enhance the lives and health of animals.