Yard sale items trigger memories

By Shirley Dubbs

August 12, 2014

The 127 yard sales are closing out. Interesting how we empty out our closets and drawers and then spend the newly acquired free time shopping for items of interest that will probably wind up in closets and drawers! There are some interesting memory tweaks as we see ashtrays for instance.

My parents always had them and not just because I had a parent with a cigarette addiction. It was part of the social norm to have an ashtray handy for guests. And what about those little square hot pads made by weaving loops together. You find them tucked in a box of other relevant items at these sales. We made many of these colorful squares.

And finally what about those old magazines and long-playing record albums. Many memories are triggered with covers of heroes and villains of the past and with music that clearly had words we understood. Time moves on and people decide to empty space by offering these outdated items to shoppers and browsers.

We always seems to hate throwing such items into the trash. Maybe because it isn’t the ashtray, pot holder or familiar faces on magazines and album covers but our memories that are twined in these objects of past experience and expectation.

Congratulations on the approaching wedding date of our neighbor, Leesa Folkerth, and Justin Huntington. Both are graduates of Tri-Village and Leesa had been a teacher in the local elementary. The couple will wed in Columbus. After a trip to Mexico, they will reside in Columbus.

Time for the fair. And following that hectic week comes school. And while concentrating on memories of the past, think back to fewer days of the fair and tell me why my kids want me to keep the walking sticks gathered from long ago. They don’t want them but they want us to keep them. And remember the excitement of new shoes and the closure of toes after sandals and bare feet had been the mark of summer. Now sandals are what they wear on the first day!

But some things don’t change and the excitement of the fair is now.

Shirley Dubbs is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her New Madison column. She can be reached at psdubbs@embarqmail.com. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.