Thirteen Things about PopArtDiva, the artist formerly known as Terri Dennis

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Thirteen things I loved or needed that I can't get anymore:

  • Banana flavored Fudgesicles - no chocolate in them, they were banana flavored. I loved those things.
  • Tom's Candy - Chicken Legs. These were peanut butter crunch sticks rolled in toasted coconut. Probably a good thing I can't find them anymore - bad for teeth!
  • Hula Hoops - I used to swing 4 at a time on my skinny little butt. My butt's 5 times as big now and I'll bet I couldn't manage one at a time - but man, this was a fun fad!
  • Nose plugs - I used these for swim meets. I do have to admit that I really haven't looked for any but they're not showcased in the corner drugstore anymore. And that brings me to
  • The corner drug store. No, not those big chains, the small independent little drug store that was owned by your friendly neighborhood pharmacist. This stores always had the weirdest and most fun stuff in them for some reason! Halloween was a great time of year in these corner shops!
  • Chocolate Egg Cream Sodas - There is nothing, absolutely nothing out there that tastes like a chocolate egg cream soda made at a real soda fountain!
  • Candy Lipstick - not those new ones in a plastic tube - the old fashioned ones in a gold foil wrapped paper tube. I used to eat those until I got sick and I often wonder if they would taste the same to me nearly 50 years later.
  • Free Halloween Candy from Trick or Treating - This was my favorite thing to do on any holiday - it beat Christmas and my birthday. I loved dressing up in costumes and getting huge bags full of free candy. Alas, because of freaks and bad people, this is entertainment of a bygone era. Sad.
  • Regal Crown Sours - Fifty years ago this was the only sour candy available and the cherry was my favorite. Nothing today compares to these.
  • Ben and Jerry's Rain Forrest Crunch Ice Cream - why, oh why Ben and Jerry?
  • A good TV Western series - whatever happened to the Western on TV? Maverick, Bronco, The Rifleman, Bonanza - even mini-series like Lonesome Dove (my all time favorite western).
  • A PeeChee folder - remember writing all over them, papers falling out as you ran home from school, how ragged and torn they got by the end of the year? Now all the folders are plastic
  • A hug and a kiss from my parents, a phone call from my sister, a welcoming bark and a wet kiss from my little Shadow, Tinkerbell landing on my shoulder and a blood drawing bite from my little Peter Pan. Of all the things I miss, these are the things I miss most in my life now.

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