January 12, 2001
Here’s a short story to warm your heart at this time of year:
An elderly woman and her little grandson, whose face was sprinkled with bright freckles, spent the day at the zoo. Lots of children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist, who was decorating them with tiger paws.
“You’ve got so many freckles, there’s no place to paint!” a girl in the line said to the little fellow. Embarrassed, the youngster dropped his head. His grandmother knelt beside him. “I love your freckles. When I was a little girl I always wanted freckles,” she said, while tracing her finger across the child’s cheek. “Freckles are beautiful.”
The boy looked up and said, "Really?"
“Of course,” said the grandmother. “Why just name me one thing that’s prettier than freckles.”
The little boy thought for a moment, peered intensely into his grandma’s face, and softly whispered, “Wrinkles.”
Perry’s own Myrna Niles Hamman will appear on an episode of the popular “Ally McBeal” TV show January 22 on the FOX network (channel 12 on our cable system). Myrna says it is a very small role. She appears as the jury foreperson in this courtroom drama. “But hey, I get to work, and they pay me, so even getting to do the little roles is good,” Myrna says. She can be sure many Perry viewers will be tuned to the proper channel that night. Check your listings for the time.
A friend passes along this group of nostalgic quotes from the 1950s:
“I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $20.”
“Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long when $5,000 will only buy a used one.” (P.S. In 1950 I bought a new four-door Buick Special with automatic transmission and white sidewall tires for $2,400.)
“If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous.” (P.S. A package of Wings cost ten cents in 1941. Whatever became of that brand?)
“Did you hear? The Post Office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter!”
“The government is wanting to get its hands on everything. Pretty soon it’s going to be impossible to run a family business or a farm.”/p>
“If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.”
“When I started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 50 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.” (P.S. And for 50 cents a gallon you also got clean windshields, plus a check of tire pressure, engine oil level and radiator coolant.)
On the other hand, average income levels have climbed to unbelievable heights. Is there a correlation there?