Look at a tea cup is an essay written by Patricia Hampl. There are two major things in this essay. They are: the relationship between a mother and her daughter and the connection between the past and the present. Both of these things are represented by a tea cup.
The tea cup was bought by the mother in 1939 when she got married to American who had been Czechoslovakia. In 1939 Czechoslovakia taken over and destroyed by the army of Hitler. The mother and her daughter disagree about many things when the writer was 10 years old she said work was the most important thing in the world. Her mother said family was the most important things. The mother said family was the most important things. The mother wanted the daughter to get married but the daughter thought it was not compulsion. The writer thinks the past is very important for mother thinks it is a future that matters. The tea cup connects the mother and daughters, the past and the present. It was made in 1939 and the mother has given it to daughter. Now the writer likes her mother doesn't talk about the past. The daughter can find out abou7t her mother only by looking at the tea cup. In 1939 there was the world war which had killed many people, made many widows and destroyed everything.