Thursday, February 14, 2008
TODAY I BOUGHT BACK A LITTLE BIT OF MY CHILDHOOD FOR $1.00
I have had a troubling stressful week. Monday there was sleet and snow and ice and Tuesday had involved calling a locksmith when I locked my keys, coat, purse, etc in the car while I was trying to work on the effects of the above weather. Having had enough of being blue and unhappy, I decided that it was time for a little retail therapy. And when I buy myself a little piece of happiness, I don't head to the nearest mall or retail outlet - I head to an antique store, a flea market, or a thrift shop. Today I happened to be near one of my favorite little antique stores so I rushed in to see if anyone was selling any great vintage Valentines (sadly they were not). Suddenly, on a little table I spotted the empty Brach's Valentine Hearts box pictured above. Although I could not have conjured up the box in my mind the second before I spotted it, I immediately recognized the little sixties graphics as a box from my childhood and my heart began literally to beat a little faster. I think I got one of these boxes every year during my childhood filled with little pink, orange, green, yellow, white and lavender conversation hearts. The pink, of course, were always my favorite. My girlfriends and I savored the little sayings as though they were the prophesy of a famous soothsayer. We pondered our future, our fortunes and our loves, past, present and future. I turned over the box and it had a price tag reading $1. Today, for Valentine's Day, the universe sold me back a little moment in time for love and affection and the nominal fee of $1. I say Thank You! and Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!