Posts Tagged ‘nostalgia’

No Better Way to Spend an Evening

June 29, 2011

Ted Williams' 1957 card

Last week, Dave, a friend of mine from college, drove an hour to meet me in Minneapolis. It was a special occasion: Nostalgia Night. Dave brought with him a few albums stuffed with baseball cards from 1957 through 1965, the golden age of collecting cards as far as we were concerned.

I remember biking home from the drugstore at seven years old with a box of baseball cards—filled with twenty-four packs at a nickel each—and sitting at our family room table lovingly opening each pack, checking each card against my checklist, and organizing them into appropriate piles. My happiness could not have been more complete.

Paging through Dave’s collection of cardboard gods was at once nostalgic, joyous and therapeutic. Dave said it best: “When I look at these cards, I (more…)

Remember When?

June 18, 2009

Alan Jackson

The circumstances of my life are a bit different than the lyrics to this Alan Jackson song, but they’re close enough to resonate deeply with me. With my daughter turning thirty and getting married earlier this month, this lovely ballad is a poignant (more…)

Welcome Home, Zippy!

November 24, 2008

Funny thing, nostalgia. I went through a period not long ago where I threw out or gave away many iconic items from my childhood, thinking it best to keep as few possessions as possible. I still strive to live simply, but the older I get the more nostalgic I get.

zippyLately, I’ve been missing Zippy, the stuffed monkey I had when I was a kid. Fortunately, I had found a home for him with Kathy, a friend from college who collected Zippys. I gave her a call and she very graciously offered to return the Zipmeister to his original owner. 

Zippy now occupies a place of honor in my bedroom. It’s nice glancing over and seeing the little guy. Brings me (more…)