Monday, November 8, 2010

They’ve Stuck With Me

The other day I was looking around my living room, and I started wondering…

What is the one object in my home (besides a photo album) that I have owned for longer than any other possession?

After thinking about it for a few minutes, I realized that for me, it’s my grade-school sticker album!



Sometimes I can’t believe that I’ve kept this thing. Like so many of my fellow female classmates, I was REALLY into stickers for a while. It was one of the big fads of the early 80’s. I actually had two sticker albums, both of which I dug out of an old box. And sitting here tonight, looking them over with Iwanski, was a fun trip down memory lane…

These “Wacky Packages” stickers in the middle of this page were some of my favorite stickers. I still laugh at the description on the bottle of “Drowny”—“Makes enough suds to flood the Empire State Building…You’ll never concentrate again.” Tee hee!



I really got into the “scratch & sniff” stickers for a while. And surprisingly, I tried scratching some of them tonight, and some of them still have a smell! My favorite “smelly stickers” were always banana and watermelon. (Can you tell? They look a little worse for the wear.)



I was not really that into the Cubs or Mr. T, but Iwanski said that I had these stickers because somehow, I knew I’d meet him someday. (Iwanski pities the fool who don’t like the Cubs or Mr. T.)



My sister Holly went to Germany when she was in high school (as a foreign exchange student), and she brought me back these stickers. I remember being SO excited to have German stickers. (By the way, the literal translation of “Wir fahren wieder Rad” is “We drive again wheel.” German is a funny language!)



And then there was my unicorn phase…for some reason, I was really into unicorns for a while. I had a huge collection of them…I wonder whatever happened to all those unicorns? Well, I know what happened to the stickers at least!



So there you go…a glimpse into Miss Healthypants’ younger years.

So how about you? What is the one object in your home (besides a photo album) that you’ve owned for longer than any other possession?

8 comments:

poet said...

So how about you? What is the one object in your home (besides a photo album) that you’ve owned for longer than any other possession?

I guess I'd have to say My Oopik. It has been around as long as i have. my dad and grampy worked in the north, and Grampy gave me an Oopik. It is made of sealskin, and leather, and has one eye missing now. i guess i have to dig it out of the closet now and take a picture of it for you, eh?

poet said...
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poet said...

For those who don't know, an ookpik (Inuit word for snowy or Arctic owl) was a stylized sealskin owl with a large head and big eyes. trying to find a picture, but can't post it in your comments. i will put it on my blog page. :)

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

I have 2 things that I've had for a very long time..I found a piece of driftwood about 3 weeks after I got married to asshole #1..which would be 1960...and never threw it away ..don't ask me why..then I saved up my 'egg money' and bought a pair of masai statues..the warrior and the maiden..think the were $10 for both of them..I love them and would never get rid of them.

Lisa said...

I love it! We have Wacky Packages, too. A great source of low humor fun.

I suppose it's my Lindsey Wagner (The Bionic Woman) styling head made by Kenner. My aunt worked for Kenner and we always got something from them at Christmas.

rosemary said...

i mentioned that i still had the silver my g/mother got for me.....I remember playing with it as a kid.....good thing I didn't ruin it somehow....I was quite the destructive kid.

Random Thinker said...

The dictionary I won for being Adams Middle School spelling bee champ. Gosh, do your stickers bring back memories.

Maria said...

Holy cow. I am still amazed that you kept your sticker book! I wish that I had kept all my clothes from high school. They are all coming back in style now....