Helen Remembers Special Gifts
|Special Gifts I Remember
One year Edith and I received Torpedo ever sharp pencils. They were in the shape of a torpedo, slimmer at each end and fatter in the middle. There was a silken cord with a tassel attached to one end. Each cord was a different colour, so we knew who which one belonged to whom. It was hard to wait until school opened after the holidays to show off our pencils from Aunt Alice. Our friends were most impressed because they had come all the way from British Columbia!
Another time, we received a mesh bag filled with gold coins (chocolate wafers about the size of a quarter wrapped in gold foil). We felt very grown-up with our play money.
One year I received a wooden puzzle. The box held flat squares with coloured designs. On the one side the designs were painted red and white, on the other side the designs were green and white. There were coloured sheets in the box showing different layouts and arrangements that the squares could form.
Once we received coloured softwood tablets to create Chinese water flowers. We put water in a small glass bowl or a saucer and drop a tablet into the water. As it soaked up the water the wood would swell up into a flower. It was lovely to watch as the tablet transformed into a lovely coloured flower.
Another year we received aluminum, collapsible drinking cups. Each had a cover and was in a case that came in different shades of brown. Mine was a light brown leather. I used it at school as we had to bring our own glass or cup. Reggie’s was in a dark brown case and I don’t remember if Edith received one or something else. Lillian would have been too young for a gift like that.