Friday, April 3, 2015

TToT71: Oh, Nostalgia

I got to rummaging about the basement boxes on Wednesday so I could illustrate my FTSF post, and as it goes, you know, I found all kinds of treasures. And I thought, well, since I'm traveling across the country with a six-year-old and a three-year-old on Friday and won't have much time to write my TToT post, let these items suffice. And because it might be kind of fun (not because I'm lazy), I'll post sans captions or explanations. If you're interested, ask, and I promise to answer.











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  1. What delightful treasures! I have some shoeboxes at my parents' house that hold similar items.
    Judging from your mold, your teeth were really effed up, weren't they? Being thankful for good orthodontics is probably worth ten items!
    Is the letter from Louise STITCHED?!

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    1. Yay, I'm so glad someone braved a comment about my most impressive teeth! I wondered if anyone would. Take a look at that passport photo! At least I only had to wear braces in middle school. I was done with them by high school.
      And, yes, it is stitched! She was my great aunt, and I save it because...stitched!

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  2. My retainer was one of my more miserable childhood memories. ....you saved everything! & was that your mom running for mayor? This was really cool post!

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    1. The retainer was nothing compared to the braces. My mother thinks it's crazy that I saved those teeth things, but look at the difference! I have to remember from whence I came.
      And, yep, my mother was mayor of my hometown!

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    2. Mayor mom! Very cool! I would have saved my impressions too but my orthodontist never offered! I had braces twice...never saved the retainers though...

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  3. Oh my word. Keeping the retainer had me laughing, but keeping the mold?!?!?!?! Hahahaha!!

    My Cabbage Patch had a tooth. That's all I remember about it. Did you ever go to the Cabbage Patch garden/hospital in Atlanta?

    Soooo height, weight, and number of teeth isn't something that most people mess up and correct so many times...

    And no joke. A STITCHED letter!?!?! Impressive.

    Have a great time in Texas!

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    1. But look how bad my teeth were! I like to remember that! My mother thinks I'm crazy to have kept that stuff, too.
      I wanted that CPK so bad. That's why I keep her. Joanna Naomi is her name.
      I didn't mess it up so much as I wanted to keep the records fresh. And those things change, you know.
      Yeah, that letter is something else, isn't it?

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  4. Oh those photos are SO cool!!! I have TONS of questions... like who ran for Mayor?? And that retainer, oh my WORD!!! And how is Louise? And oh that Cabbage Patch doll!! And what is that application for?

    You can't leave us hanging... I say write a post when you get back in town and tell us ALL about each one!!

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    1. My mother! And she won! Two terms!
      Louise was my great aunt, and she's long gone, but seriously, isn't that letter something?!!?!?
      Not an application--a page in My Book About Me--Dr. Seuss. Or, wait, do you mean the passport? My first.

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  5. Your photos are beautiful. I especially like the second one from the top.

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    1. That's from My Book About Me by Dr. Seuss, Romi!

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  6. Who is Rolf? And what is that amazing poster doing HIDDEN IN A BOX?!?!

    I loved your treasure chest of little items - my grandad had one like that, and each time we visited, my sister and I would sit quietly and go through the assortment of old medals, buttons, keys, pins from his fireman's uniform, old coins, tiny illustrations of birds, and everything would smell of ancient dust and tobacco. I have the treasure chest now.

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    1. Rolf is a plush monkey, Lizzi. He lives on to be loved by another generation, but his wardrobe, pillow, and blanket stay in storage. Cigar boxes are excellent as treasure chests.

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    2. That poster was a family effort and took years! There are all kinds of secret messages hidden in it. It really is a treasure, but it's kind of mildew-y.

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    3. Can you have it laminated or put in a frame or anything? It's INCREDIBLE.

      And I think it's lovely that you have a hand-me-down multi-generational monkey :)

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  7. Great finds and wonderful memories that go along with your treasures- the cabbage doll lovely - the box of treasures is priceless - the poster should be framed and displayed . Have a wonderful trip and vacation.

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    1. Eh, it's kind of mildew-y, but I won't part with it because it was a family effort and has all kinds of secret messages hidden in it. Took years!

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  8. What treasures! Did your mom run for mayor? Did Louise actually embroider that hanky. It must have taken her a year. I laughed at the impression of your teeth (pre-braces) and who's Rolf? (The Cabbage Patch?)

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    1. She did! And was elected and reelected! First woman mayor of my hometown.
      I wonder. Louise was my great-aunt, and that side of the family was very much into decorative stitching. It's something, isn't it?
      I know! My teeth! See why I save it?
      Rolf is a plush monkey. He lives in a hammock in my daughter's room, but that's his wardrobe I made him.

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  9. So many happy memories SQUUUUUEEEEE OMG IS THAT A CABBAGE PATCH IT IS IT IS SQUEEEEEEEEEEE

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    1. I know! My only! I treasured her so that I haven't been able to part with her yet.

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  10. Your family designed the poster?! There must be some way to stop the mildew and preserve the poster. At the very least, you should be able to make a poster out of a photograph of it, then frame that. (You could make copies for all of your family members--it would be a great gift, I would imagine.)

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    1. No, no, didn't design. Just colored. It was a gift one Xmas from my aunt and uncle, and I worked on it off and on for years with other family member joining in on occasion. I snuck in all kinds of secret messages. It really is a wonderful treasure. I asked my brother which was the better find--Rolf's wardrobe or the poster, and he said it was a close call, but the poster wins.

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  11. Oh my gosh, Sarah - I have at least 75% of the things you photographed. The Book About Me, the Cabbage Patch doll, the retainer and mold of my teeth, the marker/coloring page...how wonderful and strange! I even have a cigar box with all my old job name tags. I loved seeing all your stuff! (Is that creepy? It wasn't supposed to be.)

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    1. We had the same coloring poster! I love that! Did you finish it, too? It took us years. Not creepy at all.

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