Yes, this baby girl was me. I was Calendar Baby of the Year. They plastered my little face on calendars everywhere. Thank God there were no toddlers wearing tiaras back then, or my debutante mama would have toted my frilly butt from one Holiday Inn competition to the next. (Notice the finger waves in the hair. Lordy.)
She kept me in crinolines and frilly dresses. Bonnets, gloves, and patent leather shoes. Hair bows and lacy socks that matched the lace on my panties. They tell me I was a prissy little thing. Until the day I discovered playing in the dirt roads in front of Grandma's house was a lot more fun! Could be that stubborn Leo trait that follows me to this day ... "I'll play in the dirt if I want to!"
I can't believe it. Another year. Ugh. Loved those birthdays when I was a kid, but they can slow down a bit now. Trouble is, it seems they show up more often as I grow older. I was thinking about life back then. Back when a gallon of gas was 22 cents, a movie ticket was 70 cents and the cost of the average home was $11,000.00. What happened to us? We of the baby boomer generation, will we leave this world in a better place for our grandchildren? Well. I suppose that's a blog for another time.
It's my birthday, so I'll try to end on a happier note. I'm not saying which year I was born but you might guess from the following:
The year I was born:
Marilyn Monroe married Joe Demaggio
Elvis was King
The Caine Mutiny
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Live & Let Die - Ian Fleming
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Born in my year:
and my friend, Oprah Winfrey
Swanson introduced TV Dinners! Yay!
The first mass vaccination against polio put scars on our arms
The first RCA color TV went on sale!
Eisenhower was President
Churchill was still Prime Minister of England
Snow tires with studs cost $15.00 each
and last but not least ...
Playtex Magic Controller Girdle went on sale.
You know, the one with reinforced garters,
no-roll sides and no-hike-up backs
$7.95 at your favorite department store
First grade picture. Still got those finger waves.
Blessings to you and yours.