Thursday, May 20, 2010

AlphabeThursday, R is for remember this?





Good afternoon Mrs. Matlock...Once again I am here in class to talk about the letter R...I brought you a nice piece of rhubarb pie to enjoy while you read my essay...The pie is really good. Rhubarb pie always reminds me of my mom. It was one of her favorites. That brings me to the topic of this R post. It is all about remembering being a child and a teenager in the 70's. I had fun thinking about it, putting it together and yes, remembering....I hope you enjoy it too!
R is for remembering...Smell is one of our most powerful memory triggers. One of my favorite things when I was really small were Kiddles dolls...The ones I had came in lockets and perfume bottles and they have a very distinctive smell....






A friend of mine has one and a few years back I got a whiff and instantly was seven years old again.....I actually went on ebay to try to find one. They have them but these little babies are a fortune now! I would love to buy one, but how do I justify it.....A whiff of childhood maybe? It sounds pretty good to me.
I also remember when TV shows were a whole lot different than now.......









The Brady Bunch was Friday night prime time....Hard to believe but I remember it......I cant even imagine turning on the TV as a kid and seeing what I see now...I know my eyeballs would've been glued to it, but I cant say it would've been good for me.....The Partridge Family was cutting edge for having a single mom raising a family.....






And David Cassidy? what a fox! (remember when people were foxes? lol) Although at the time, I didn't appreciate that he was a fox....it is funny that most of the 70's guys were kind of effeminate looking when you think about it......


At the school I went to, girls still wore dresses except on Fridays you could wear pants....Pants, not jeans....That changed in sixth grade...My standard outfit became smock tops with 501's and earth shoes....oh yeah, the age of earth shoes.....and long straight hair parted in the middle...Mine was down to my rear end....and there were no flat irons...instead you ironed your hair with an iron....soot, we didn't even have blow dryers.....yet. A long dress was a maxi and a short dress was a mini and a midi was totally out of style.
In high school I used this shampoo.....





My hair really did smell terrific! I love this smell, another big memory trigger and they still sell this online....I got a bottle for Christmas one year and every time I washed my hair, I was fifteen again...The fountain of youth in a shampoo....
Two of my other staples?








Gotta have the root beer lip smackers......and Bonne Bell 1006 to clean your face.....(liquid fire in a bottle).
Two more memory triggers in a bottle and a compact....my two favorite perfumes, no longer made....






Coty, Sweet earth compact, and Love's Soft Rain......They both remind me of getting ready to go to meet my first boyfriend with my friend Kathy....We always sprayed ourselves down with Soft Rain......I saw a Sweet Earth compact on Ebay for 175.00 on Ebay today...Can you believe it?
For dances the best dress to have?








Oh yeah, a Gunne Sax dress by Jessica McClintock.....They were about 75.00 which was a HUGE amount then...I had one that looked just like this.......






I about screamed when I found this picture today...Talk about remembering! I had this exact dress and wore it for Homecoming when I was fifteen.......
And then there is the music.I still have two favorite songs...the one that was playing the first time I kissed a boy, and the song that I first danced to with the father of my kids....I won't put you through it though....lol
Now this post will either bore the heck out of you, or if you are a child of the seventies too, it will make you do some remembering of your own! What brings back memories for you? Thanks for joining me for this walk down remembering lane!

31 comments:

Julie Harward said...

I love all your rememberings! I remember most of those too and we all had one of Jessica's dresses didn't we?! Very fun! Come say hi :D

Natasha said...

That was a fun trip down memory lane-thank you!

Brady Bunch re-runs are on here at the moment and my kids love the show!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Laurie said...

Boy did this post bring back the memories! Shirt dresses were the big style in the late 60's early 70's, poncho's and blue jeans, the more tattered the better. Chanel #5. and Sweet Honesty. Clogs were the shoe to have, and it seems every other person in my class of 72 was smoking pot. Not me, scared me to death!

Little Messy Missy said...

OMG- Love it! I would so wear that dress!!! Cassidy was pretty to look at, and I have never heard of Kiddles Dolls....

Jenny said...

Wow, what a groovy R post! I remember so much of the things you described. What a really wonderful random trip down memory lane!

This was my first stop today on my little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "R" and I loved it!

A+

Tamerie Shriver said...

I remember it all! My favorite music is still music from the 70's. I had my toot-a-loop (remember that?) am radio and my record player that I'd stack 45's on and listen to my heart's content. My very first concert (without my parents) was Chicago at Georgia Tech in 1973. Whenever I hear a song from that time, it takes me right back. I, too, wore earth shoes and clogs. Still wear clogs now and Birkenstock's are pretty close to earth shoes. Some things never change, I guess.

Thanks for a walk down memory lane!

Hugs,
Tamerie

GardenofDaisies said...

Lots of remembering going on. My sisters and I had those little kiddles in the perfume bottles. Mine was the green one. And yes Gunne Sax dresses.... :-) We had those too. :-)

Melinda said...

We share similar memories. It was a fun post to read.

Viki said...

I was out of school by 1970 so I remember some of those things. That dress though I don't for some reason. IT kind of reminded me of what we used to call "granny dresses". I think because they were long that's why they were called that LOL.

Jo said...

omg, i just love the dress ... i totally adore it ... and i do remember a lot of the same things ... wonderful post, you have taken me down memory lane with you :)

easternsparkle said...

This is a great R post - all those memories, especially , sigh, David Cassidy!! ;)

Amanda said...

I remember that stuff, too! Maybe I will order some of that shampoo? I wouldn't mind feeling fifteen again!

Terra said...

my mom was enamered with Gunny Sacs dresses...Me - not so much!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Wow, I remember all of that stuff. Where does the time go?

Julie Schuler said...

That was my sister's era. I remember her having a dress that sort of looked like that.

purplepaint said...

Okay I don't remember the dolls, I'm probably older than you, but I do remember Gunnie Sax! Didn't they have the coolest clothes?!!!

Laura said...

Remembering relics rocks!

Jacque said...

Good Morning Melinda!!

WOW, those are great things to keep in your "remembrances"...thanks for sharing them today!

I love that quilt! KUDOS

And, thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit. We love having company!

Michele said...

So fun to remember! It's amazing we all did the same things in the 70's. They were obviously good things!

Gene Black said...

Ha ha.. I remember watching the FIRST episode of The Brady Bunch and thinking it was a shame the rest of my family wasn't there to see it too. (they were next door at Granny's)

Olfactory memory is really interesting. Certain smells can bring a sharp mental picture in my head. Play doh is one of those.

I am guessing you had one of the original metal slinkies too. Ha ha.

Gene Black said...

Ahhahahahaahahaaa.. I just went and read your profile! A Slinky is mentioned! Actually you may be a little younger than I thought!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I didn't grow up with TV. I was raised by grandparents and they believed in good old conversation at dinner time, then study afterward. I do remember Gunne Sax. I had ONE dress, too. Mine was tea stain colored, though. And of course, the lace and tiny buttons, yards and yards of lace, especially on the bodice. They were THE dress to have in high school.

Speaking of clothes, Keds were the only shoes I would wear. I still wear tennis shoes, but they have been Reebox since the late 80s.

My grandmother had a White Stag sweater that I always coveted. I think it was angora or something really soft and fluffy. She said I could wear it when I fit into it. Sadly she was a size 2 and I was a size 10!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Nadeen said...

Remember, I do. Not a child of the 70s but a young adult.

Fun journey you took us on. Thanks.

Christy said...

Oh, Greg Brady made me swoon! And who can forget Marsha Marsha Marsha! I loved going down memory lane with you!

Mumsy said...

Thank you for wonderful trip down memory lane. I came to US when I was 17, so I remember many of the things you've post them here.

mbkatc230 said...

What a fantastic trip down memory lane. I too was a child of the seventies, and this was so much fun. Scent is a definite trigger, but music is what really sends me down the path of remembrance. Great post! Kathy

Yarni Gras! said...

OMGosh, we are the SAME person! HAHA! Okay, so I didn't wear the Gunne Sax dresses. But the Liddle Kiddles and David and the Brady's.....and and and....

Laurie said...

I think I went through 2 bottles of Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific a week! I still remember those commercials! And the Brady Bunch is still a favorite! And David Cassidy! And Jessica McClintock, grown up and more sophisticated, did my wedding gown!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wonderful "R" post! I do remember most of those things :-)

Sorry I am so alte ..traveling again!

prashant said...

It was a fun post to read.
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greenhoneyhive said...

Melinda,

Don't know if they still have it but Vermont Country store(www.vermontcountrystore.com) had the Coty rub on perfume compact just a few months ago...They most likely still have it....They contract with a lot of companies to bring product back and a lot of times have these older items. And if you ask for an older item they will try to get it and then let you know when the sell it....They are fantastic. By the way i did get a trailer. it needs a lot of work but is really in pretty good shape. We are going with a gnome theme.