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The Boring Word About... is an editorial column created and written by editor Georgia Boring and advertising manager Charlene Word in the 1980s. The Boring Word About... makes an occasional reappearance in current issues and can have any member of the family as an author. Each week on Friday, we offer one of these historic columns for your enjoyment.
November 5, 1986
I put if off as long as possible, but this week I finally gave in. I got out my winter clothes.
I guess I’m just not a winter person. Oh, I like to watch the world turn into a fairy land with the first snow of the season - as long as I can watch through the window from a cozy house. Ice hanging from the trees in the early morning sun is a beautiful site as long as I can keep the car in the garage. But after those first few moments, reality sets in and we have to put antifreeze in the car, find our gloves, scarves and boots and shovel snow.
I leave the antifreeze to my husband and the snow shoveling to my sons but finding the gloves etc. has fallen to me. Rule number one at my house is don't buy “good” (meaning expensive) gloves, hats or scarves. That’s because the chances of still having them a week later is almost nonexistent.
When they have a blue light special on gloves I’m the first one in line. I don’t worry much about the color or style. It has been suggested to me that I buy all the same style and color so when one is missing we can still use the glove which remains. Forget it! At our house we always lose the same glove so at the end of the year I could give you a box full of left hands (or rights, whichever the case may be).
As for scarves and hats, we don’t exactly lose them. They disappear soon after the cold weather sets in only to reappear with the spring thaw. Last week I could have placed my hands on a half dozen knit caps but by the end of this week the only ones still in sight will be the ones that no longer fit.
When the kids were little I purchased boots. We went through the pull over shoe variety and then the shoe boot style. As they grew older the attitude about boots changed. Our daughter continues to wear boots although they are not water or snow proof and are designed more for fashion than for comfort.
Our sons are another story. For those of you with young boys I’ll let you in on a secret. Once they reach their teen years you will be lucky to get them into anything except a pair of tennis shoes. It is definitely not “in” to wear boots as rain gear. For snow it is acceptable if you are going skiing or participating in some other arctic sport. Walking a half mile to the bus stop does not qualify.
You may be able to sell your son on boots as a shoe particularly if it looks like a tennis shoe. In that case you must resign yourself to the fact that he will wear them all day, no matter how hot the building or how pastel the carpeting.
We have now reached November and the arrival of winter is almost a certainty. Although I have found my winter coat, etc. My sons are still waiting for the first below freezing, snowy day. Then with three minutes left to catch the bus I will hear about gloves with no mates, the lost hats and the boots which no longer fit. Of course, even if I could go to a store to purchase the needed items by that time the summer clothes will be on display! Does anyone know how many more days until the first day of spring?
April 9, 1986
We’ve just entered into a new phase of our marriage which no one had warned me about. I was ready for the changes a baby brings to your marriage, for the trauma when the last of the children go off to school, I’ve through about the empty nest syndrome and considered life after retirement. But I was not prepared when we had to start shopping for appliances again.
Like most newly marrieds we saved our money and then in one year, just before our first baby arrived, we bought: a washer, dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, freezer and stove. Since that year I’ve thought very little about my appliances and I certainly didn’t spend my time reading the ads and pricing new items.
So when the refrigerator died last year, followed by the washer and dryer this year I was not ready for the experience of buying new ones. I headed out to the stores remembering the excitement of those first purchases. But somehow it was just not the same. For one thing my husband was conveniently busy so it was our teenage son who went along to measure the sizes and check out the connections.
While he became enthralled with all the latest innovations I was appalled at the price tags. At no time had I even dreamed that a washer-dryer combination could cost $1500! Granted some models do cost less. But drop the price by very much and you may come home with a washboard.
Refrigerators come in so many different models and sizes that I couldn’t keep them straight. To think I just wanted to keep the ice cubes frozen!
And everything has a digital clock. I estimate that with a microwave, a stove, refrigerator (yes, they not only have clocks but will also tell you the temperature of the inside of the refrigerator and the kitchen), and washer/dryer combo in your kitchen you could have a clock in view at all times. With all the electronic controls, LEDs and push buttons the modern kitchen is beginning to look like the flight deck of a space ship. I know one thing, if I’m going to take off for a flight into space (or anywhere else for that matter) I have no intention of taking my appliances with me.
Since we put the washer and dryer in last week I have been eying my other appliances warily. It only stands to reason that if we purchased them all at the same time they are going to fall apart at the same time. I have even begun reading the ads for dishwashers and stoves. But before I take the plunge again I may consider the alternative eating all our meals out.