Stupid Sentimental Things I’ll Never Throw Out (*)
(*) Disclaimer: No, I am not a hoarder.
I bought this in 1976, during a week-long Grade 6 field trip along the Gaspé Coast. We stopped at the town in St. Jean Port-Joli, which is renowned for its wood carvings.
I blew a big chunk of my budget on this dog (I love dogs). I remember is cost $4.00 at the time.
Not bad, actually, (even in 1976 dollars), when you consider this was hand-carved.
1960’s Therm-O-Ware Glasses
These were originally used in our house when I grew up. Then they fell out of style, and got relegated to the back of the cupboard.
Friar’s Mom resurrected them when she donated them to me when I left home for university.
I know these are at least 43 years old, because they’re in a photo with me blowing out the candles on my cake on my fourth birthday.
I like these…they remind me of my earliest childhood.
And I still use them.
This was a gift from my Mom when I was 8, back in 1973. I was at the Montreal Children’s General Hospital, going through some allergy tests.
This involved getting something like 20-30 needles in each arm. It wasn’t a fun time.
Friar’s Mom felt so sorry for me, we went to the hospital gift shop, and she bought me this dog puppet.
You have to realize that we didn’t have that much money back then, so a gift like this was a big deal for me. I named him “Napoleon”.
A few years ago, Napoleon was sitting around Friar’s Mom’s house, and she was considering passing him on to my free-range screaming nephews.
“No way!” I said, “They’ll destroy him!”
This was my special gift. Not theirs. And it reminds me of my Mom.
So Napoleon now stays with ME.
Ratty old moose T-shirt
There are many reasons I like this 20-year old T-shirt.
First, it’s green, one of my favorite colors.
Second, it has a moose, which is one of the few herbivores I respect.
Third, it was purchased in Algonquin Park, one of the coolest places on the planet.
But mostly, because of when I got this. It was during a camping trip with some fellow grad students.
I was in my mid-20’s, which I remember as a happy, wonderful time of my life, before I got burdened down with adulthood and responsibility.
Anyway, the T-shirt’s worn down now and full of holes. I can’t wear it in public anymore.
But it brings back good memories, so I still use it.
Even if it’s only to sleep in or hang around the house in.
Adjustable Screw Driver
This was back in ~ 1984. I was getting ready to leave for 2nd year University and Dad was helping me pick up some things at Canadian Tire.
He bought me this screw driver with the different attachments. He said it was a good practical tool for me to have for school.
It was my first “real” tool. And I’ve held on to it ever since.
Dad’s gone now. But I still have his screwdriver.
And it’s still the first one I use, above all the others.
Cheesy Globe Piggy Bank and Purple Tonka Volkswagen
The cheesy globe was a Christmas gift when I was in Grade 1.
It survived my childhood.
I brought it with me all through my university years. And it’s followed me during all my multiple moves after I graduated.
It’s forty years old. It’s tacky. It’s dented.
And I don’t know why I like it.
As for the Volkswagen, that’s another matter.
I love VW bugs ever since I could remember.
I’d draw them, I’d count them on the highway, I was nuts about them.
So imagine how thrilled I was, when my Grampa took me and my cousin to a toy store, and bought us each a Tonka Volkswagen.
Just like that, out of the blue. And a month before Christmas. I was five.
Like I said earlier, my family didn’t have too much money at the time. So this was HUGE !!!
Of course, Grampa’s long since gone. He passed away in 1973.
But I still have the VW bug he bought me. It’s one of the few reminders I have left of him.
And (as you can see), I’ve started collecting other bugs as well.
Last but not Least
Those of you who follow my blog will recognize Junior Bear.
He was a gift from a girl friend around 1991 (or 92?)
The girlfriend has long since gone, but The Bear Remains. And he’s taken on a life of his own.
I take him with me on all my travels and road-trips, and photograph him in various locations.
The Bear has been to the Empire State Building, the Arctic Circle, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Barrier Reef.
The top of Mt Washington, NH. Cow Head, Newfoundland. And Smashed-in-Head Buffalo Jump National Park, Alberta.
Not to mention Wawa Ontario, Dawson City (Yukon) and Tuktoyaktuk (NWT)
And I have the pictures to prove it.