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?

 

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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.

      Rich

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