Friday, July 11, 2008

Family traditions

My family has a thing about newspaper clippings – especially comics. When my Grandma was alive, she used to send sections of the local paper to us in the mail. It usually had updates on the Packers or information about one of my Mom's friends or just news about the town. I grew up with this as normal. The same Grandma also would send me cards and tape coins on the back for a "treat".

My Mom gave me the above comic yesterday. She cut it out and had saved it all week. It is a For Better or for Worse by Lynn Johnston. I'm positive Lynn saw me as a child and got her idea about this comic.

I was in first or second grade, living in Tennessee. I know it was spring time, as it was tulip and daffodil season – my two favorite flowers. I remember thinking that there were so many flowers throughout the development in the neighbors' yards. Surely, these were for me and no one else. I took my wagon and picked as many of the flowers as I could. Then, I thought it would be great to go door to door to sell the flowers... to the people who's yards I just picked my bounty from. Yes, I did this. And yes, my poor Mom probably got phone calls. My Mom knew it was me without even seeing my evidence. She was proven correct when she saw that I had all of the flowers in the wagon. And my real talent was picking flowers without the stem. I was busted.

To this day, when I see tulips I say to M: "I'm going to go pick all those flowers". He knows I'm kidding. I'm sure he feels safe that we don't own a wagon. This is a story I bring up annual with tulip season, but the comic reminded us of that day in Tennessee when I tried to sell flowers.

My Dad sent me the above comic from Florida this February. (I don't know who did the comic, so I can't give credit.) The tradition continues of mailing comics in the family. Dad didn't put any coins in the letter. But what he does do is use stickers on the envelope. These might be found stickers or even ones given to him for free from a charity. But Dad always puts stickers on my envelopes when he mails me comics.

I have inherited the sticker applying, comic cutting out and mailing traditions. I hope it continues because sometimes it is fun to relive a silly moment over 30 years ago.

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