Dick and Jane and Mother Garbage Pick

Daughter and I drove by a house that had boxes and boxes lined up out front, the signal for "garbage" in Brookfield. So of course, we pulled over to garbage pick. The owners came out when we were elbow deep and explained that their mother needed to go to a home and they were cleaning out her house. Truly, there was an antique shop's inventory on their front lawn. They urged us to take what we wanted before The Salvation Army truck pulled up.

Daughter was a huge helper, and we managed to load up vintage glasses, bowls, record players, toys and a really cool Paul Bunyan tee shirt for son. It was a good thing we stepped lively, because the truck rumbled up about 15 minutes after we arrived.
The family was fantastically generous, and we have most of the items in our house. But I am selling a few things on eBay. One of which is a set of Dick and Jane readers.

It sort of breaks my heart to see "Bruce" and "Barry" written on the covers of the readers in childish handwriting. Bruce and Barry are grown men with grown children of their own, but their little boy handwriting is something their mom hung onto till the near end. I know that even though my kids are 2 and 5, in about 10 seconds I'm going to be peeing on my rubber mattress while they puzzle through all the "junk" I saved over the years. All grown up, but for the scrawl on crumbling preschool projects mom couldn't throw away.


But I was only allowed to get sentimental for a moment. Because life chose to open up one of the readers I was thumbing through to the page where Dick and Jane's mom makes a great game out of plastic dry cleaning bags;


"Here is something you can play with while I rest," said Mother.


"Three plastic dry cleaning bags for us to play with," said Jane.

"See, see, no airholes," said the Dick.

12 comments:

marymurtz said...

Oh, so you're saying YOU'VE never let your kids play with suffocating plastic sacks filled with solvent-based fumes, just to get 15 minutes of blessed peace?

You're a better woman than I.

Lotta said...

It's true Mary. I am a far superior mother than most. We find that empty pill bottles really make the best building blocks around here.

so tired said...

OMG! Wasn't that just common sense that wouldn't be smart or safe?

I guess just like no seat belts and smoking and drinking while pregnant.
It seems so obviously dangerous...

Rita- Buttons In Bows said...

Lotta,
I find that if you leave the pills in the bottles, they make great rattles. Lol! Dry cleaning bags...too funny! Thank goodness times have changed.

Little Monkies said...

"while Mother rests"...euphemism for "while Mother has another bit of vodka in her coffee cup". I like "resting" too. But the bags are so bizarre.

Greta said...

See now, I like the one where mother gives Dick and Jane her blowdryer, plugs it in and points them toward the bathtub.

Oooh, and the one where she gives them a bag of broken glass.

Awesome!

Pendullum said...

Hillarious....
The next in the series was Dick and Jane have fun with Glue...

jen said...

Oh, we all DREAM about finding stuff on the sidewalk like that! Isn't it amazing how retarded the 'grown ups' used to be? It's a miracle any of us over 50 are still alive.

Joie said...

Is it possible dry cleaning bags were made of some sort of paper product? Does the book actually refer to them as plastic? If so UN-FRICKIN-BELIEVABLE! And great post.

The Introvert said...

My mom used to give me a lighter and some hairspray.

Lotta said...

It's possible they were paper. But not as fun.

reen said...

That was so disturbing (on a very funny level). Actually when I was a child in the '60s, I remember standing in front of the closet thinking about what to wear, while I inhaled & exhaled on the dry cleaning bags covering some clothes. Just for something to do while I thought. :)