On this rainy Tuesday following Memorial Day, I’m remembering simple things I miss. Isolated in our houses, many of us have relied on simple pleasures to make the past year palatable. Others have reexamined priorities, feeling free to let our minds wander outside the normal bounds. There’s a certain freedom of connection that comes with the necessity of adjustment. I feel like my mind has been playing free association with memories in a more pronounced way.
So here are a few things that keep floating through my mind:
Merthiolate & Mercurochrome– I miss the orange color and the glass rod applicator with a bulbous bottom. I’m not saying that applying mercury containing substances to the skin is a great idea, but was it really that bad used in small amounts?
Banana Fudgsicle®- I miss these on a regular basis. They rose above chocolate Fudgsicles and made Popsicles intolerable. The texture was perfect. The flavor was rich and delicious without the grossness of other banana flavored products.
Prell® shampoo in a glass jar with a pearl in the bottle- To me, this is what clean smells like. I didn’t like it as well from a tube and I just couldn’t make the transition to a plastic bottle.
Metal Band-Aid® boxes with hinged lids- Those things were great for holding little toys!
Luden’s® Cherry Throat Drops- We called them cough drops, but I ate them like candy! I really need them to be in wax paper and a cardboard box though. I never buy them anymore.
Noxema® in a blue glass bottle- I like the blue glass a lot, but my favorite thing is the smell. It must take the combination for me to buy it. I can’t remember the last time I made a purchase.
Old Spice® in a milk glass jar- I still like these jars. Both the shape and the glass please me.
I’m not sure what my thing is about glass jars. A big part of the appeal of Hendrick’s Gin® is the thick, squatty brown glass bottle. Oh, maybe I’m inherently “green.” I’ll go with that.
Now that I’m Green, I’m missing Beechnut Chlorophyll Gum. I rarely chewed it, but I remember thinking it was better for my teeth than regular gum. I don’t know if that’s true, but I thought it was.
Original Doritos– These were golden and had an almost buttery richness. I’ve always wondered why the other flavors won out. They may be bolder, but I don’t think they’re better.
Blacklights– I miss having a blacklight in the house. I had one that was a bulb screwed into the top of a 7UP can.
It’s funny what you miss and when. I find myself thinking about great aunts and uncles when I clean house. I miss my grandmother’s beef and noodles and lemon pie on my birthday. Right now, I miss her ginger snap cookies. I’d like one topped with cream cheese. I’d also love to have a cellar full of her homemade tomato juice and bright green sweet pickles.
It can be fun to walk down memory lane. I suppose there will always be things I miss. But memories also remind me who I am, what I’ve learned, and what I value. And that is always worth the trip.
What are you missing these days?
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