Thursday, June 18, 2009
Lately I find myself increasingly interested in, even in pursuit of, life the way it used to be. I'm so nostalgic. I long for things I remember from my childhood or the way life used to be when I was a kid. I strive for the slower pace, the atmosphere, the character, values, and attitude. I want the tastes, the smells, and the look of things I remember from long ago.
So is this what it's like to get old? Is this the beginning of senility, focusing on the long term memories instead of the more recent ones?
I think we've discussed nostalgia on my previous blog before... Americana, vintage postcards, tin signs, old metal clocks advertising cola drinks and beer. I love old things, and finding something that is uniquely southern in its nature and history is a bonus. I'm dying to find an authentic RC Cola and Moon Pie metal sign. I think since I come from such a rural area, the things I associate with childhood actually date from earlier years. I was a kid in the late sixties and seventies, but a lot of the things I remember from childhood are from the fifties or even forties. I guess things just didn't progress as quickly here, which to our southern dismay, was not always a good thing. But there are some things that I'm glad were still around, like country stores, dirt roads, and old advertising and signage.
I've not got much to do today. No doctor appointments for my parents, no errands to run for them, no yard work since there's a heat advisory and heat index over 100. So I think I'll spend a little time on eBay, iOffer, and some of my favorite nostalgic sites looking for things that take me back to the days of simpler living and slower pace. And innocence. I think maybe I'm searching for the innocence and decency we used to have.
God, that does make me sound old.
Of course, I do realize that there is a hypocritical side to my nostalgia. I am a girl who is used to her creature comforts and couldn't go totally Amish in my desire to slow things down and live simply. I like to eat good food, drink good wine, take bubble baths in sweet smelling potions and soaps, have soft skin, and good furniture to live on. But right beside my Lane leather club chairs and four poster carved mahogany bed are tin signs advertising the American Seed Company and an ornate brass phone that is still rotary dialed. I believe in taking the best of both worlds, but leaving the mistakes (like Naugahyde and harvest gold appliances) behind.
Some good places to find nostalgia, or at least re-created nostalgia...
The Vermont Country Store
Vintage Metal Art
50's Retro Signs
Heinsohns Country Store
Crusin' the Fifties
Good stuff, but one of my favorite things to do is to browse through antique and junk stores. The Captain likes to do that too, and he's 12 years older than me, so he really knows the history of junk and always has good stories to tell about the things we find. I love finding old things.