Saturday, June 20, 2009

Going back in time....

I am going back in time a little bit tonight...I have been wanting to get time to think about how to tell this but the time is not happening so just going to start.

When we were kids, store bought anything was hard to come by.....snacks were few and far between for the most part. Every now and then, we would get to have a candy bar and a Pepsi...or ice cream and Pepsi. Pepsi was our choice of pop back then. That was back when candy bars were either a nickel or a dime. (Remember there was a time when there was a small candy bar for a nickel and a bigger one for a dime?) And pop was a dime a bottle...I don't remember what a half gallon of ice cream cost. I suppose there is some place on the web to look that up but just not going to try right now.

But the reason for the picture of the donuts is this. I seriously doubt if I ever have or see donuts that it don't take me back to childhood. Our mom and dad were friends with a couple by the name of Jot and Molly--Jot's real name was Clarence but everyone called him Jot. I have no idea why...and don't know how or when they all became acquainted...they were friends as long as I can remember.

Anyway, they would come by every so often and open up the trunk of their car...at least I remember them doing that one time. I am assuming that is how they did every time. Anyway, it would be full of things like white bread and donuts, and I think the little single packaged fruit pies. And probably other stuff, but I can't recall what all else they had.

We thought they went to Knoxville to buy all of it...and don't know if I knew it then or since then realized that they probably went to a day old bread store to buy the stuff...knowing them, they probably bought it when it was too old for the day old store.

But what I remember is the yeast donuts...packaged single. I actually remember mom buying them two for a nickel. And they were stale...sometimes we would heat them in the oven a bit and they would come back to life a little bit. But they were just sooo good with coffee. I drank coffee from as far back as I can remember....actually my brothers might say that back then I liked a little coffee with my cream but I don't think I was quite that bad. But then again, maybe I was.

To this day I like to get yeast donuts and leave the sack or box open and let them get a little stale...it doesn't get much better than that.

11 comments:

T said...

isn't it amazing the memories we have and hold on to??

For me it's the old ice chest soda machines! Everytime I see one, memories just flood back.

Neal said...

Back in time a little bit???? ... quiet a bit I think. :) Those old stale donuts were such a treat even though you could break your teeth on some of them.

Jacob said...

The so-called "good old days" were both good and bad. Not much money.

I remember when we lived in Phoenix - I was in high school - worked delivering papers and bought all my own clothes...Mom bought horse meat (without telling us) from FDA horse meat stores 'cause it was cheaper (also tougher!).

One day we had a special treat...Dad had just enough money for nickel ice cream cones so we walked to a little store and everyone got an ice cream cone. Our little dog, Buttons (whom my dad didn't like), came along and was jumping and begging for a lick. My dad waved his cone at the dog; the ice cream flew off and into Button's mouth! My dad was pretty frustrated as he didn't have another nickel for another cone.

Yikes!

Deborah Godin said...

Love your memories of the trunk full of goodies, and those "old time" prices (I remember them too). And letting your fresh donuts get stale had me smiling and chuckling! Thanks for the great post!!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What a nice memory, Rose. I remember those nickle and dime candy bars, though - like you - I didn't get to eat too many.

When I was a kid, it was Coke for me. ;-) I remember collecting empty bottles to get the refunds.

Carletta said...

Many memories here Rose.
I remember this package of donuts. You could always count on getting the white powder all over you. :)
Back then it was mostly Coke for me and a bag of peanuts to throw in.
Like EG we kept the bottles to get refunds to buy penny candy at the store. To this day I can remember me and my brother sitting on the front porch of that store in old school seats drinking and eating before we walked on back home.

George said...

I can definitely remember when store-bought anything was a treat. Did you ever try dunking your donuts in coffee. That's a pretty good combination.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Cute post, Rose. I remember telling my mother once that I wanted some store bought cookies.. She always made things from scratch ---but because I had never had any store-bought ones, I thought they must be BETTER. Ha--what a joke!!!!

My mother was an excellent cook (I did not get that talent from her) ---and I remember her cooking kale greens on the stove for hours. They had a weird smell while cooking ---and the flies would congregate at the back screen door--trying to get in. I guess flies liked that smell. The greens were good---but OH that awful smell!!!! ha

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Mary said...

I'm saving time...that is a really beautiful barn down below this post! Isn't it interesting the way our minds will lock on to a memory of something like that. I have an uncle named Clarence and one of my main memories of him was that he always gave us a Chuckle's candybar when we were getting in the car to head home to Indiana. I can't see a Chuckle's without thinking about my uncle.

fishing guy said...

Rose: It certainly was a different age back then. Do you remember getting penny candy?

Leedra said...

I like the donuts when the just come out of the oil. It beats the day old reheated. When the HOT light is on it is hard to pass on by.

My husband grew up in Knoxville and your story reminded me of one my husband tells about his daddy getting the day old stuff.

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