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How Sweet They Are!

July 7th, 2010 at 01:33 pm

Do you remember items from your childhood? Or your teenage years? Ever wonder why things we took for granted then look so good when we see them now?

We went through some antique malls yesterday. Granted, a lot of the stuff wasn’t truly an antique, but hubby and I pointed out things we remembered from our childhood. I had a very special neighbor when I was little and she was like a second mother to me. I was a big fan of the 3 Chipmunks and somehow her nickname became Simon, her husband’s name was Alvin, and the lady who lived in the apartment above them was Theodore. Anyway, I learned a lot from Simon. Yesterday I saw a cookie jar that was just like the one she used to have on her kitchen counter. It gave me a warm feeling for a few minutes just thinking about that and the loving person connected to it.

My husband saw some glasses that were like the ones he and his brother drank from as kids. He told about how good the aluminum glasses felt with a cold drink on a hot day.

I saw a set of dishes that were like the ones my grandmother had...I remembered some of the good things she fixed for me. I think a lot of us remember something that tasted good from our past and we associate that food with a great feeling...a comfort food!

Then, because there wasn’t a whole lot on T.V. we wanted to see, we watched “My Three Sons” on DVD. We borrowed the first season from our library. Do you remember seeing this show growing up?

Perhaps that’s why many Baby Boomers like looking through flea markets, antique shops, garage sales, or swap meets. We like to see something that reminds of us a good thing in our past whether it is an item, food, or loved one.

6 Responses to “ How Sweet They Are!”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    My husband still has his chipmunk records and I have all the 45's that I started collecting when I turned 12 years old.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    [i]Dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah dah!{/i] That's me humming the wordless theme song to My Three Sons. I can just see those shoes tapping and that squeeze box going in and out. Smile I think I had a crush on Chip. Or was it Ernie?

    Those "antique" malls so often make me think of my aunt and uncle, who had a bit more stylish possessions than my parents had. I see their china, their coffee table, their vases, their glasses, candy dishes, lamps, ashtrays, chairs...And its all coming back into fashion with a "retro" label on it.

  3. LittleGopher Says:

    It's amazing how much of our childhoods ARE in antique stores lately....how this happened I don't know, cause I feel as young as ever (esp when I take off my glasses, I can sototally ignore any graying at the temples and those hideous lines across the neck!)

    Joan - Yikes! I pictured Ernie as he was early in the series - quite young with those black horn rims. Now, Rob (wasn't he the oldest?)...he was a cutie!

    What's the killer is telling my girls that what they are wearing lately is what I wore back when - you'd think I was telling them the most unbelievable and hilarious stories ever!

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!!

  4. whitestripe Says:

    Memories are great aren't they? I remember the records my dad used to play me. Aretha Franklin, Edwyn Collins, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen... Funnily enough I still listen to a lot of the same music!

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    I think I remember those aluminum-like glasses, too. They were all in bright colors, right? They had a name, which I forgot. I liked them too.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    It is amusing to see so much of the stuff coming back as retro...or even as "new."

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