Papa Pea and I recently had a wedding anniversary, and as happens on times such as that, my mind went back to memories surrounding the occasion.
I was thinking of the couple of bridal showers I was privileged to have. There was the usual one given by some girlfriends, and the family one where all my aunts and female cousins attended. (At that time, there were no showers where couples attended, it was strictly a female thing.)
My dear grandma attended the showers and was always concerned about having a nice gift for me. She and Grandpa didn't have much expendable income, but she did have . . . S&H Green Stamps!
Two of those gifts she used her S&H Green Stamp filled books to cash in for me are still very much in evidence in my home today.
Although I'm not a fancy, bric-a-brac kinda gal, these cups and saucers on their rack Grandma picked out and gave me have always held a special spot in my heart. They're mounted on the wall in our living room.
I get teased a lot about the fact that I still iron some items each week after laundering. So you know this adjustable ironing board from Grandma given at one of my showers (made possible, like the cups and saucers, by her Green Stamps again --- I've always had a sneaky suspicion one or more of my aunts contributed some of their saved stamps) is treasured and still in constant use today. Besides my weekly ironing of certain things, there's no way I could quilt or sew without my iron and ironing board. (Holey-moley, I wonder how many ironing board covers I've used, abused and replaced?)
I can remember that people used to scoff at the saving of Green Stamps and say it was too much work to paste them in their little booklets, but I can attest without a whisper of doubt that my grandma got a good deal fifty-six years ago when she "spent" them on my cups and saucers and my ironing board.
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