~“Christmas without Mama”~

Published: Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM.

There was Silly Putty, a Slinky, baseball cards, playing cards and other card games, dice, balsa wood airplanes, Matchbox cars & Hot Wheels, Pez dispensers and enough Pez candy for a year.   These were just the staples of her “Christmas Bags.”

She would put marbles, plastic parachute men, Duncan yo-yos, paddle balls, super balls, puzzles, tops, jacks and army men (because she knew I would still play with them).

Enough candy? No.

My Mama never got the memo about candy being bad for you.  I always appreciated that.  Mama would give us candy canes, stick candy, Mallo and Reese’s Cups, Goo Goo Cluster Bars, candy necklaces, Tootsie Pops and all kinds of suckers, M&M’s, Hershey Kisses, Coconut Long Boys, those books of LifeSavers candy and those little wax bottles of colored sugar water (Nik-L-Nips).

You say that sounds like enough?

No.  You needed to be able to destroy things.  Little boys liked tearing things up.  Therefore, every little boy (or grown man) needed a magnifying glass to start fires on a sunny day, a jack knife, a sling shot, a rubber band gun and other things that “could shoot an eye out.”

She wouldn’t be finished.  In that bag, she would find room for magic tricks, whoopee cushions, Groucho glasses with the big nose and mustache and other secret spy stuff that she would find.

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