Hopping With the Kiddos
It's easy to find adult friends who want to participate in my retro fun, if it has to do with vintage Tiki cocktails. But for enjoying some 1950's outdoor summertime games, I had to count on the kids I volunteer with at the Women's Shelter.
They were very excited when I pulled out the chalk. They went right to work drawing a few hopscotch boards... Is that even what you call it? We were all mixed up about the rules and my feet were a little too big for some of their squares. But we had a good time and I got a little exercise!
I love picturing Hawaii in the 1950's. Today, they still have hula girls and ukuleles and corny tourists wearing flowered shirts.
But I love the images from old Hawaii that you see in Elvis movies. I remember laughing with my sister over old recordings of Don Ho.
Big Top Shop in Austin,TX!
The best place to buy your retro candy is at Big Top Soda Fountain on South Congress in Austin. The best person to buy candy with, is my daughter Heidi. We spent nearly an hour and bought over $40 worth! The place was packed and that was part of the fun.
I don't have memories of eating candy in the fifties, since I barely had teeth back then. But I do recall loving some of these candies when I was a little older and could walk to the candy store in Grinnell, Iowa. Candy necklaces, wax lips, candy cigarettes (I can't believe they still make them!) wax bottles with watery sweet liquid, Fizzies...!
Today I embraced Hankies
Today I decided I would focus on all the hankies and handkerchiefs that were carried in pockets and pocketbooks in the 1950's. I actually have a few memories of being rather mortified by this practice. Since my dad was a proper handkerchief carrying man, it meant there was a simple solution when I forgot my hat for Sunday mass. More than once I was humiliated by wearing his pressed white square of material on my head. (Clean at least) I also remember the feeling of shame when I forgot to stick a hanky in my lunchbox when I was in first grade. Mrs. Clemens did "hanky checks" at PS 35 and if you forgot, you had to stand in front of the class.
But today I chose to embrace the fun side of hankies. For some reason I have a small collection of these vintage dainties and I shared them with the kids on one of my volunteer outings at a local Women's Shelter. I had the kids guess what they were and a few said "Kleenex". None knew the word "hanky" or the game, "Drop the Hanky". I used a non-vintage hanky and the game was a big hit.
I didn't blow my nose on a hanky today, but I made good use. These kids will grow up with a better memory of hankies than me!
57 Celebrations of the Fifties!
April 9, 2014
I don't remember the 1950's, since they ended when I was 2. But since I turned 57 today and this is my BYB (Birth Year Birthday) I'm going to just appreciate the flavor of 1957! My goal is to celebrate in at least 57 simple ways throughout the year! I will dabble in the fashion, the foods, the music and the culture of those times...just for the fun of it!