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When I was a kid ...

When I was very small, probably 2 or 3 years old, I went to the grocery store with my mom, and when we got near the front of the line, I saw a display of these long strips of plastic, with about a dozen different-colored flat lollipops sticking out. I don't think they sell these anymore (this *was* 30 years ago, after all), so I've drawn what I'm talking about. Yeah, now you can all laugh your butts off at my lousy computer drawing skills.

Anyway, I started begging my mom for the lollipops. I wanted them soooooooo bad. But my mom kept saying no. We didn't have money to blow on stuff like that. I hadn't yet learned to shut up about what I wanted, so I kept asking, and my mom was just telling me to be quiet.

And then this guy who was in line in front of us asked my mom if it was okay with her if he bought the lollipops for me, and she said yes. And so this complete stranger bought me this whole plastic strip full of lollipops! It was like heaven! I almost couldn't believe it. It was the best thing ever.

That's one of my first memories. I'm sure that guy never had any idea that that little girl would still remember that day, and his kindness out of nowhere, 30 years later.

About 5 years later, when I was about 7 years old, I went on a grocery trip with my grandma, who is a notorious miser. We had only recently run away from my mom's second husband, Ernie, and so we were staying with Mom's parents temporarily, until Mom could save up money to get an apartment.

Anyway, I went with my grandma to the store, and I was really bored, so I hung out where the books were (I often did this at the grocery store). I got really interested in this one book about a young girl during the American Revolution. Her house was taken over by British soldiers, if I remember correctly. I think it was called Rebecca's War, or something else like that.

So I'd gotten all absorbed in this book while my grandma was shopping, but then my grandma came to get me when she was done. I don't know what possessed me, but I actually *asked* her if I could have the book. And I don't know what possessed *her*, either, but she bought it for me!

I kept that book for about 25 years, and only recently decided to get rid of it, because I knew I wouldn't read it again. It wasn't an especially good book ... I'd only kept it all that time for the sentimental value. It was pretty rare in my childhood that someone got me something unexpectedly like that -- I usually only got neat stuff on Christmas and on my birthday -- so the lollipops and that book were really special events.



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Feb. 10th, 2003 02:33 am (UTC)
we had some lollipops like that during a christmas circa 1984; kept near the stockings on the fireplace, they were translucent red lollipops with white designs (santa faces?) painted on them. i think the sticks were replaced with stiff white cord loops instead.
Feb. 10th, 2003 05:57 am (UTC)
When I was growing up, it was the "bouquets" of Tootsie Roll pops (without any of the nasty orange ones, if you please). I lusted after those wholeheartedly!
Feb. 10th, 2003 07:32 am (UTC)
I remember strips of lollipops like that, kids used to bring them in occasionally to share with people, or get their parents to buy them one so they could put one with each of their Valentines (hee)... so either I'm old too, or they might still be around someplace.
Feb. 10th, 2003 08:41 am (UTC)
i was only born in 1984, and i believe that when i was growing up they had those lollipops as well. they still might.
Feb. 10th, 2003 11:15 am (UTC)
They might very well still be around today. I just don't tend to notice such things, because cheapo lollipops (and they were definitely low-quality candy) just aren't what gets my motor revving anymore. I just figured that they *might* not still be around 30 years later. :)
Feb. 10th, 2003 01:41 pm (UTC)
I love the drawing! It's neat that your first memory is of a stranger being kind to you and delivering abundance and your fondest wish (at the time). :)

My local post office gives out these lollipops, but at least they have ripped them apart from each other ;) I make a point of taking one every time I go there. I like the unusual colored ones and usually take blue or violet ones.
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