Friday Favorites 9/5/2014
I am an incessant collector of mementos. You might call them tchotchkes if you knew the Yiddish term (a knickknack or trinket, usually of little monetary value). Isn’t it true that it’s memories that transform a tchotchke into a memento? There are rocks and sea shells from various places we’ve visited. There are glass birds that spend forty-something years on my Mom’s tier table. There is a bullet casing from the 7-gun salute at my Dad’s funeral. There’s a candle from the table at my daughter’s wedding and my old slide rule from college. I bring this up because this week I had my office painted, which required moving all the furniture to the center of the room … and packing up all my mementos. Now, I am reconstructing my office and discovering much working space my memento collection was costing me. So, I’m trying to be judicious in deciding which … and how many … of them make there way back to my desk and bookcase and which make their way to our storage bin. Some, I may conclude actually are tchotchkes that I can discard (I can’t bring myself to say, Throw in the Trash).
So, since I’m deciding which to keep on this busy Friday … and still want to post a Friday Favorite … why not a favorite memento? The truth is, I don’t have to think too hard. The minute I chose the topic, an item popped into my mind (the challenge will be finding it in the large plastic storage box of tchotchkes … er, mementos … so I can include a picture). It is a small bottle of pinkish sand from the beach in Bermuda where we spent our honeymoon. Interestingly, as I was packing things up, I rediscovered another honeymoon memento … a This Week in Bermuda pamphlet from that week in August of 1968. How long ago was that? Well, on page 37, you’ll find dinners at the Hamilton Hobrau for $1.20 to $5. or (on page 10) how about a five hour taxi tour of Bermuda for $13.00? Back on page 76, you can rent a sailboat for $14.00 a day. How come everything didn’t seem so inexpensive back then? Oh, yeah …. I was making about $5.00 an hour as an electrical engineer.
Anyway, that’s my Friday Favorite for this week. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.