Tiny Simple Pleasures-Lost In Time

Memories seem stronger over the holidays and often the memory of a small thing can become a big memory.


  • Finding the one/half maraschino cherry that was to be found in  a can of fruit cocktail in your bowl
  • The symmetry of a toilet paper roll that filled the bar
  • Sledding in the street on a flexible flyer /  Going 60 miles an hour on a toboggan with 7 friends at once all sharing the steering and the results
  • Halloween being ruled by kids
  • Getting one of the four oysters in Campbell’s Frozen Oyster Stew
  • A 5lb bag of sugar weighing 5 pounds
  • Milk that came in glass bottles with a cardboard cover and was delivered to your door
  • The wonder at a  column of frozen milk sticking out of the top or the bottle with its cardboard hat  when you forgot to bring it in on a cold day
  • Sitting up late on election night with a big bowl of popcorn and going to bed not knowing he outcome but aware that whoever won the country would go forward together.   
  • Working together with other drivers , before 4 wheel drive, to clear a traffic jam on a snowy hill
  • Having two pencils, a ball point pen and a red bar eraser at school
  • A bicycle with three gears and maybe a horn instead of a bell
  • A 25 cent allowance
  • Being trusted to cross  Highway 6 everyday on the way to school  by yourself at 5 years old without being killed
  • Listening to the world series on radio in the classroom while working on school work, but only if you were good.
  • Getting in and out of trouble walking to school
  • The old man in the scary house on the corner at the end of street that was rumored to eat children caught in his yard
  • Hide and seek / kick the can and running between streetlights  on a warm summer night before daylight savings time ruined it
  • Collecting fireflies before our obsession with mosquitos killed nearly all of them
  • Going to the library at least once a week because TV was embodied by  Lawrence Welk
  • The evening paper… two sets of cartoons a day!
  • Peanut butter spread thick on real bread  with lots of  jelly and no guilt
  • That same peanut butter sandwich wrapped carefully in a mother folded waxed paper package at school for lunch
  • The $5 dollar bill rolled up in the socks you got from Grandma at Christmas
  • Buying cigarettes from a machine for a quarter
  • Sneaking a look at the  racy magazines at the barber shop
  • Lawn mowing with a push mower and  by doing so learning the truth about putting off until tomorrow what you can do today
  • Winner take all Easter Egg Hunts
  • The neighborhood swing set/sand lot / snow forts and snowball fights
  • Planting a garden  but harvesting carrot worms to watch them turn into swallowtail butterflies
  • Giving the dog a butter wrapper as a treat
  • The Neighborhood dogs and cats that  freely roamed the neighborhood and often visited your house
  • Working in a new ball glove
  • The thrown together fort  in the alley/back yard made of cast off lumber and whatever else you could find
  • Touching a new un-scuffed baseball
  • Playing basketball outside on the first warm day of spring when going off the court meant a cold reception
  • Riding in a convertible with the top down  the radio up and the heater on
  • Watching grandma can cherries
  • Anything sweet but fruit cake
  • Going out to eat at a restaurant,  the two or three times a year that happened
  • Ginger-ale when you were sick
  • No soda  at all  when you weren’t
  • Fresh made homemade  hash
  • Eggs and tomatoes that had some flavor
  • Climbing trees/ riding a bike without a helmet
  • Nightly ice skating on ice that had never heard the word Zamboni. Crack the Whip and the politically incorrect Blackman
  • The warming shed at the ice skating lagoon
  • The unbelievable feel of a glowing red hot cast iron wood stove when it was cold outside
  • Anticipation of Christmas
  • A record player with a record changer
  • Red Ball Jets
  • Unscrewing the lid on a thermos bottle and pulling the cork to find a hot or cold drink and wondering how did it know?
  • Going down town to see the new car models in the showroom windows
  • A sense of wonder rather than need when you saw new things


It Seems that the smallest things create the biggest memories! Do you have some small ones to share?



About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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2 Responses to Tiny Simple Pleasures-Lost In Time

  1. Cary Lieberman says:

    Rich, as I said before, your stories are a delight to be treasured. What classes have you taught?

    • safrisri says:

      I taught elementary 4th 5th and 6th grade everything, Middle school typing, science, math , computer science and social studies, high school science, College geology and earth science as an instructor not a prof.


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