This is a continuation of LAST APRIL’s challenge about HEIRLOOMS. When my sister and I cleaned out our parents’ home, we had to make many decisions about what to do with all the stuff. Which things are truly “valuable” and which have only sentiment in their favor? Should we sell it, keep it, or throw it away? To help ensure a future for our family’s heirlooms, I plan to leave a booklet for my daughters telling the stories of what they will inherit one day. (Not TOO soon, I hope!)
is for Quirky. (Give me a break - I’ve said all I can say about QUILTS!) While I have many fine things to pass along as family heirlooms, I have just as much worthless, QUIRKY stuff.
Like these permanent rods.
When my sister and I cleaned out our parents’ home, we were surprised to find a box full of permanent rods. These were the tools of torture available to the do-it-yourselfers saving money by getting a home permanent rather than relying on a professional hairdresser.
Toni and Lilt were two popular choices, but Momma was a Toni girl through and through. Toni also offered a child’s version, Tonette. I have no idea how many Tonette perms I was subjected to during my childhood, but I had stubborn hair that Momma was determined to tame with a perm. I had to SLEEP with those rods in my hair overnight in order to get the curl to take.
There is nothing fun about sleeping on hard plastic, but that box of rods just made my sister and me laugh. Why did Momma keep them? She had long ago given up home perms and instead was a regular customer at her favorite beauty parlor.
My sister and I each have a jar of rods. Mine sits on a little what-not shelf in a pink guest room. Lift the lid and I swear I can still smell that permanent solution.
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