“What’s a bread box?” I still remember how shocked I was when a year or so ago my daughter asked me that question. In my youth we had a deluxe, double decker, metal bread box sitting on the counter filled with Wonder bread. By the way, the polka-dotted bags were not high on style but they made good boot liners. Sorry, I digressed.
I wish I could say the family breadbox was filled with delicious, nutritious, home baked bread, but my mom couldn’t bake a good loaf of bread to save her soul. Besides, Wonder bread seemed so wondrously squishy and tasteless.
What prompted the bread box memory was the recent findings put out by Beloit College. As stated in the news release, “Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class views the world.” (Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/21/beloit-college-mindset-list-for-class-2016/?=#ixzz24zRZnn4P)
For instance, Item #13 : They can’t picture people actually carrying luggage through airports rather than rolling it.
I found that interesting and akin to the bread box revelation and my daughter’s awareness of such items.
Since this is a blog about aging, it seemed like a cosmic twist that a Lehman’s catalog arrived in the mail shortly after the Beloit list hit the media outlets. For those of you unfamiliar with Lehman’s, it is a company that offers “Authentic Products That Work For Your Life.”
But to me, they are a company that still offers the products that I grew up. From boot scrapers to butter churns I turn each page and exclaim, “I remember that!”, or, “Hey, I still have that.”
It’s rather comforting to know there’s a place I could buy a milk can if I wanted one. (A ten gallon stainless steel beauty sells for $209 on page 169.) I see they also sell the Squeezo All Metal Food Mill. I bought one of those in the early 1980’s to help make easier work of canning tomatoes and apples. It’s a fabulous time saver and still looks and works as good as it did the day it arrived.
So maybe the current crop of young folks will never know what a clothespin bag is for ($17.95 on page 153), or what a cloth diaper looks like (Pack of 6 pre-folded for $29.95, page 59), and it is a shame.
In our disposable, let’s get to the next-big-thing-fast world, there should be an awareness and appreciation for time tested and proven products.
And yes, I checked. They do sell gorgeous breadboxes… “It’s not just a bread box; it’s a once-in-a-lifetime investment you won’t find in a department store anywhere! Made by Amish woodworkers just down the road from our Kidron, Ohio store, this is a true heirloom that will grace your kitchen for many years to come.* “-thick oak is sanded smooth, stained… $129.95”
What’s a bread box? It is my youth lingering in happy memories.
Do you have any stories about items that your children or grandchildren have no clue about? I’d love to hear them!