Our friend Chuck Ratliff sent me an email this past week, which is nothing new. Chuck is a Vietnam vet, and he and I often trade emails about the war, politics, or the direction we see the country heading. However, this morning’s email made me stop and remember some things that I had not thought of in years.
Apparently while cleaning out a grandmother’s house, someone found an old RC (Royal Crown) bottle. The bottle had a stopper in it, and the stopper was full of holes. Now, I don’t know about you, but I didn’t have to read any farther because I knew immediately that someone had found “the sprinkler”…at least that’s what it was called in my house.
I can remember being not much more than a toddler, and I can actually still hear my mom asking me if I wanted to “fill up” the sprinkler. Of course, that meant that she was ironing, and either the steam iron had not been invented or else we did not have one, thus….she used a sprinkler!
Of course, it wasn’t many years before mom had an “electric dryer” (Remember saying that?), but we must not have trusted it completely because I can remember our buying a large round plastic ball with a neck and a lid on one side of it and holes all over it. We would fill “the sprinkler” with water and put it in the dryer where it sprinkled the clothes while the electric dryer dried them!
And as I am finishing the typing of this childhood memory I am suddenly remembering that I have never told my own children about the sprinkler and how much fun I used to think it was to be allowed to fill it up just right.
Isn’t it amazing where a simple email can take you?