Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Last but never least.


Time flies when you're busy trying to catch up with your older brothers. Wednesday, April 19th brings an end to the birthday marathon at Half House as Wilder turns 12. I do remember sitting in the obligatory wheelchair holding him in the hospital room while Mr. Half ran down to bring the car around, leaving Moe and Curly--wearing their "I'm the Big Brother" t-shirts-- in the room with me to run around in circles until they fell down. For a brief moment I thought to myself, "What in the name of all that is holy have I gotten myself into now?" Then the moment passed and we brought Wilder home. We haven't regretted a moment of it since. He shares qualities with each of his brothers and, like both of them, he loves books. So far, he still wants to hug and kiss us both goodnight. Every night. I'm in no hurry for that to go away...trust me on that.

He's also the kid with whom I've been able to share my retro love of Wacky Packages. Back in the day, Mad Magazine illustrators were instrumental in designing some of the first Wacky Package cards (Crust Toothpaste, Crakola Crayons, Liptorn Soup) and when they started reissuing new designs a couple of years ago, I was doing cartwheels of joy. The only dark moment was when I realized that my early collection from the '70's had gone the way of other childhood things I didn't think I'd need later on in life. That's right, internet. Just like my gumwrapper chain, my elephant tail bracelet from Africa and my German Club t-shirt from high school...they were thrown away. I blame myself.

**Pause here for a moment of reflective silence**

I wish I had those Wacky Pack stickers now. I've started Wilder's collection and he's mostly on board with it, though I think I'm the person who gets the most out of it. No way will I let him throw these things out when he gets older. You never know when he'll come looking for them again. So what did you have as a kid that you threw out or gave away and now wish that you hadn't?





25 Comments:

Blogger Heather said...

I treasure my old Mad magazines... and Cracked too, but to a lesser degree. Mine are mostly from the 80s and 90s but I bought a huge stack of older ones at a yard sale years ago. He's a cute kid and will definitely be a heartbreaker in a few years. :)

7:45 PM  
Blogger The Queen Mama said...

I wish I'd kept a few of my novelty T-shirts I had in high school and college.

I know full well that moment in the hospital you describe. I still get it most days (and mine are now 5, 3 and 1). Tell me, does it get easier with time?

8:13 PM  
Blogger mama_tulip said...

I had a ton of Garbage Pail Kids cards. I can still see some of them; they were disgusting.

I also had the My Little Pony Show Stable, that I just loved. Ahem.

8:28 PM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

It gets easier...and then it gets harder. But for different reasons.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous V-Grrrl said...

I'm so glad you wrote about Wacky Packages because for reasons unknown, I was thinking about them a few weeks ago and desperately trying to remember what they were called. They were such fun.

I kinda wish I still had my Partridge Family trading cards. Those would have brought my memory right back to grade school.

At this point though, I'm committed to traveling lighter in life and in the past few years I've dumped lots of old letters, school papers, concert mementos, bad writing, vinyl albums, old books etc. No regrets. Plan to winnow down further!

11:16 PM  
Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

I am terrible. I throw everything away. But its my husband's fault since he is a pack rat. One of has to throw stuff out or we would be covered over with crap.

I threw away my high school journal. I was so afraid that someone would find it and read it. Not just my mom. Anyone. Who me paranoid??

6:00 AM  
Blogger R. Robyn said...

I can't think of anything yet. I probably will need a couple more years before I start regretting things. Like I've said before, your boys are beautiful, and Wilder is a shining example!

6:26 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Harridan said...

Gawd, I loved Wacky Packages. My brother (11 years older) and I collected them. I remember them being affixed to a sheet of psterboard in my closet in my parents' old house, but what happened to them, I'll never know (I doubt my folks brought them when they moved).

Your sons are all so handsome! (I was going to say cute, but I think at 12, they start hating that term.)

6:51 AM  
Blogger Shelley said...

They brought back Wacky Packs?!?! How was I not informed?! This is ... oh my goodness, it's so exciting! (Yes, I'm 40 and I'm bouncing up and down with excitement as I explore the Wacky Packages website and consider spending some of my grown-up money on them. Heee!!)

6:52 AM  
Blogger Arabella said...

GREAT photo of the two of you together.

I love Wacky Packages!

I've thrown away very little from my childhood. I have a hard time parting with old stuff. Sometimes I envy people who can so freely get rid of their old stuff and move on with their lives. Most of my stuff is still cluttering up my parents' house. I dread the day when I will have to sift through it all as they inevitably downsize, as my apartment is not big enough to fit more than a small quantity of it.

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Ginny said...

Happy B-day to your son!

6:57 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

I've thrown away letters, drawings from all grades, and tons of pictures. I miss some of them. But then I think, where would I put them?! Hoop misses his Garbage Pail Kid cards. Evidently he had them all.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

High school diaries. I blew them up after college because I couldn't stand knowing there was a written record of my melodramatic self. Now that I'm over myself, I wish I hadn't done that.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

That was a nice ending.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Irene said...

what a beautiful son you have.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous TB said...

I know I say it every time, but damn you have a gorgeous family.
Happy 12th Wilder... it's a really fun year.

I had a Mrs. Beasley doll from the show Family Affair. It talked when you pulled a string. I know she would be worth money to those E-bay freaks now.

2:11 PM  
Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

I forgot to tell you how much I love that pic of you and Wilder when he was a baby. That is gorgeous! Of both of you!

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Daxohol said...

awww! So many blonde beauties!!

I wish I still had my baseball card collection. I had some that might be worth something now...
ah well...

7:02 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I complete forgot all about Mad magazines influence. I had at least one sticker on every grocery bag text book cover.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I had this doll that you could pull her hair out of her head so it was really long, or push this button on her back to make it get shorter and shorter. I have no idea what she was called, but she rocked.

Great picture of the two of you, and happy belated birthday to your son.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Nap Queen said...

I grew up in the 80s, so there's very little I miss. I should have kept my Garbage Pail Kids cards. I still have my Swatch Watches?

There is a book about a runaway squash that we read over and over when I was a kid. I loved that story and I wish we still had it for my kids (whenever I have some).

9:46 AM  
Blogger The Gradual Gardener said...

I had all the Star Wars characters. When I was a teenager I gave them to my younger cousin, who promptly lost/maimed/dismembered them. I still have all the trading cards, but the characters are gone...

11:39 AM  
Blogger Suburban Turmoil said...

Oh my gosh. I had totally forgotten about Wacky Packs. I loved those cards, along with the Garbage Pail Kids!

Thanks for the reminder.

And your boy is just gorgeous. What a cutie! There's a 12-year-old girl who'd probably lovvvvve to send him a My Space message! ;)

11:53 AM  
Blogger Lucky Lum said...

That boy of yours is quite a handsome one!!

What do I wish I had held onto??
I wish I had kept my virginity longer.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Marcie said...

I spent many allowance dollars on the wacky packages cards. Thanks for the memories:)

9:43 AM  

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