Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Official End of My Childhood

The bowls shown above are some of the last remnants from my childhood that play a role in our everyday lives here at Bloggerboy headquarters.  My family acquired them when I was around eight or nine, perhaps even younger.  We're talking Mid-Sixties.  I think they were some sort of special deal from the milkman.  They are thermal bowls meant for oatmeal and cream of wheat, etc. To be more precise, the bottoms of the bowls reveal that they are Cornish "Therm-O-Bowls".  One is supposed to think of the space program at this point, not to mention all the period naugahyde furniture.  At some point after I moved out of my parents' house, I acquired these bowls from their stock.  I can remember having them in my student apartment when I got married.  Of particular advantage is the fact that the bowls are microwave and dishwasher safe, even though microwaves were not in wide use back when we purchased the bowls.  To this day the bowls are used by my children for their morning cereal, and by all of us for helpings of fresh fruit and other snacks.  Unfortunately, two of the bowls have worn through, and the vacuum "therm-o" seal is broken.  They fill with water in the dishwasher.  I had hoped to give each child one of the bowls when he or she left home and to keep one for myself.  Now, it looks as if only my bowl will survive, heh heh.  Still, these bowls held up over forty years.  That's pretty amazing for a cheap plastic product.  I wanted to have a picture of all three bowls together before I disposed of the two broken ones (with a tinge of sadness at the passing of an era).