“A Girl Can Dream”

Although I am called a child of the 60’s, I am really a child of the 1950’s. The early 1960’s were much closer to the 1950’s than to the end of their decade. So I grew up on images of romance, marriage, and happily ever after all symbolized by the incessant magazine ads for Lane Cedar Chests. Lane advertised every month in my favorite magazine Seventeen and I learned about “hope chests” because of their ads. I had never heard of them before that.

Apparently as a girl I was to acquire a “hope chest” and then begin to fill it gradually with gifts given to me for that purpose. Lane assumed I would need a sturdy cedar(moth proof) chest to store my table linens, bed linens and wool blankets until I married and moved into my own home. I would go directly from my parents’ house where I kept the chest into the home with my husband. I absorbed all this, but felt it unlikely that I would  be given either the chest or the linens.

By my college graduation in 1969, I now longer had any of the romantic ideas from my younger life. I expected to leave college, go to work, move into my own apartment and begin to build a life after college. I did, however, have a lingering sense that I should mark this transition with a domestic purchase. Just before I left Cambridge, I bought this little blue glass bird. It sits on my windowsill today reminding me of my first furnishing for a future “room of my own.”

26 thoughts on ““A Girl Can Dream”

  1. My tenth birthday was 1959, when we moved out of East London to the leafy suburbs of Woodford, so I also consider myself as much a child of the 50s as the 60s.
    You are the child of your musical memories, I think. Mine are flavoured by Buddy Holly and the early Everleys, the Lettermen, Bryian Hyland, Bobby Vee… (didn’t they all look the same? apart from Buddy, of course).
    The first record I owned was a 78rpm of ‘Old Yeller’ bought for me by my dad, which may go some way to explain why the first ornament I bought, which still reposes on my bedroom windowsill, is a china Great Dane.

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