Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Words with no meaning

 Have you ever experienced reading something, or being told something, and while you understand the words, thay have no meaning? The words do not conjure up anything in your mind - they are just words - sitting there, doing nothing, making no impression. 

There are concepts that elude me - the words describing them just sit there as individual words, each with its own meaning but the whole of them meaning nothing. Like mindfulness (a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique) - I have no idea what that is or how you are supposed to do that or why. 

Ashley posted about contemplative practices and I didn't understand a word of it - I know what the words mean individually but as a whole, as a concept - just a blank. 

I don't know if I have explained this very well or intelligibly but there it is.

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Toys.  Was it just me and that we were poor, or that I was a girl but - I don't remember any store bought toys for girls in the late 1940's and 1950's aside from dolls - which I didn't have because I didn't like dolls. 

I had a bike, second-hand clamp on skates (not the fancy kind where the clamps came up over the whole toe of your shoe), jump rope cut from a piece of clothesline. Okay, Spaldeens were bought as were comic books (but are comic books considered toys?) and wait, I had a Duncan yoyo. 

My elder male sibling had Lincoln Logs, an erector set, a real baseball bat not a broomstick, a baseball mitt, probably a real basketball. My 7 years younger brother had a room full of toys but by the time he was 5 or so we were way less poor. 

There were board games, I remember Parcheesi and Chinese checkers (also Monopoly but I rarely played that, never liked the game) but I keep trying to remember if we, as a family owned those games or they belonged to some other kids. I think we had regular checkers and Dominoes but they weren't mine in particular.

I don't remember having crayons and coloring books at home, in school of course, crayons were part of your required school supplies. I remember my little brother had coloring books and crayons. Maybe because I was never into coloring? I never asked for them?  (I honestly don't get the concept of coloring books - coloring someone elses picture? What for? What's the point?)

Anyway, is there anyone my age who remembers store bought toys specifically for girls? And further, is there anyone my age who can tell me what kind of toys girls played with in those days besides jump ropes, jacks, and a Spaldeen? 


10 comments:

  1. Mindfulness happens to be the topic this week for PHB 101! It means being present and engaged in this moment rather than ruminating about the past which we can't change or worrying about the future which we have no control over. Be present and feel or experience whatever is happening in this moment rather than numbing it like in PHB's case with food or some use alcohol or shopping, etc. It can be a difficult state to achieve but being mindful has helped me focus my energy away from all the negative energy I used to put towards things that were a waste of time.

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    1. Sorry Sharla, I still don't get it. If you're chopping carrots then you have to pay attention to chopping carrots or there goes a finger or two. But there are so many things we do on a daily basis that are pretty much mindless and don't need much attention and those are the times when you can let your mind wander and daydream or think about things...I "write' while I'm in the shower, all mental. I use that time to build castles in the air. Someone once said that a neurotic builds castles in the air and a psychotic lives in them - I'm somewhere in between.

      I'm not a stress or emotional eater tho I understand the psychology of people who are.

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    2. When I was a kid we had comic books, skates, scooters, jacks, dolls, a doll house with little plastic furnishings that we bought one at a time, also my sister had a little oven that worked, and we had paper dolls, and a few books, etc. This was in the 40s.

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    3. So you had girly stuff. Was that all there was for girls? Did you know of other things that were NOT girly that you wanted?

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  2. Ok I had to look up what a Spaldeen is. I do remember paper dolls cut out from the McCalls magazine and maybe some provided by the Salvation Army at Christmas. and I remember my Mom playing jacks with me, she told me to play everyday to keep my fingers limber, And marbles, always fun until the boys at school wouldn't let me play anymore because I always won. Summertimes where baseball games in the field with Mom and my siblings. My Dad wasn't around much, always working. Being rural I didn't play with others except at school but oh the fun we kids had building roads with little toy trucks in the dirt driveway. And what made us think it was safe to curl up inside a truck tire and ride it down a ramp? Toys, who needed toys when we had our imagination?

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    1. I still have a Spaldeen, their direct competitor was Pennsy Pink. I had some marbles don't recall it was ever a favored game and yes, paper dolls - I never did dolls in any form, probably another one of those things I thought was stupid. I think rural life was different from city life - city kids played mostly street games, richer kids probably had all those board games. I remember that we drew potsy and war on the sidewalk with a rock - didn't have chalk.

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  3. I feel like there are things I don't understand, but I can't fish an example out of my brain. An example that probably very few people actually understand even though it's talked about a lot is blockchain. I've read enough about it that I should have at least a little bit of a grasp on it, but nope, not at all.

    Did you have a View Master back when? They were still around in the 80s and I had one then, although I'm sure they've since gone the way of the dodo bird.

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    1. I've come across the word blockchain and I just Googled it, there is a company called blockchain.com and the definition is a "digital record of transactions" I guess it is used for cryptocurrency but I don't really understand cryptocurrency LOL

      Someone had a Viewmaster, I remember using one but I don't remember having one.They still make them a set with 3 reels can be had for $19.99.

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    2. How cool! I might get one for my niece.

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    3. Amazon has it -

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