Route 66 in Missouri
This motor court was built before the fifties, but it was in prime use during that special decade that I'm celebrating! Our stay felt pretty authentic, although it would have been a lot move fun had we been traveling in a '57 Chevy! Then we could have parked it in our own little carport, which came with our room!
I'm not sure how common TVs were in motels in the 1950's, but we didn't have one. Instead we enjoyed the evening listening to some tunes on a vintage radio. We didn't even mess with our cell phones or IPads. Instead we chatted and read and wondered about Clark Gable. Our host Donna claimed the movie star had stayed in our very room when he was in the service!
A Halloween Excuse
I don't really need an excuse for any of my silliness, but a Halloween party gave me extra motivation to pull out the old dress up box. And in this year of my BYB Celebration, why not dress up for the fifties! I'm not really sure who I thought I was, although my sister claimed I was channelling our grandmother who often was seen holding a cigarette and scotch and water. I was probably a mixture of many relatives since everything I wore belonged to family.
The black gloves were my mother's. The glasses belonged to Aunt Ruth. The stole, belt and skirt (with petticoat) belonged to my mother in law. The jewelry came from my other grandmother, "Daw". The hat? I can't remember, but it was family. The martini glass was from my cupboard... and the cigarette? I bought a pack of "Lucky Cigarettes" from the candy store!
A Penny Hike With Marsha
If Marsha and I had been little kids together in the fifties, we might have gone on a Penny Hike. We aren't kids and I don't think kids do Penny Hikes anymore... but Marsha and I both have childhood memories of wandering with friends, using the toss of a coin on every corner to determine the route. I was thrilled that Marsha was up for trying the old activity.
Our penny took us into neighborhoods we've never explored and it even wound us in circles a couple times. We were jabbering so much we hardly noticed. Then I tossed the penny right into the grass and lost it. (We had to create new rules with a stick toss.) Our hike lasted nearly 90 minutes. Thanks, Marsha! What a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather, some exercise and good conversation!
57 Celebrations of the Fifties!
April 9, 2014...My BYB!
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!