Hey, does anyone know where I could find a video of the Kite Man commercial put out by Pacific Power in Portland, OR in the 1970s? It was a public service announcement aimed at preventing electricity-related injuries due to kite flying. To this day when anyone says “Ever?” I shriek “NEVER!!” in my head, and when I hear the word “frogs” I immediately think “I like frogs!” I want to show the video to my children so they will understand me better…!
I just found the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial (the one with Donny Most from Happy Days) on YouTube and showed it to my son – “You got chocolate in my peanut butter! You got peanut butter on my chocolate!” I also still hum the “Reese’s PEAnut Butter Cup” jingle when I eat a Reese’s. And we didn’t even have a TV when I was growing up – we had to watch the neighbor’s TV. My sister and I must have watched the neighbors’ TV more than I remember!
Why do we remember these unimportant tidbits from childhood and not the more important things? I was listening to “Radio Lab” on NPR the other day. The consensus was that our brains are supposed to keep significant details in storage, and fade out the insignificant ones while we sleep. Maybe I’m just not collecting enough significant details to replace the insignificant in the closets of my brain. Maybe the closets of my brain are like the closets in my dear grandma’s house – so stuffed with silly things that you couldn’t fit another thing in.
I cook bacon for my son’s breakfast every morning lately. The bacon smell swirls stubbornly in the air and won’t go out the open doors and windows. It refuses to be slurped up into the bathroom fan or filtered out through the fan over the stove. When I open the door after coming home from taking Benjamin to school I’m enfolded in a bear hug of bacon. But, it reminds me of my grandparents’ kitchens, and that’s one of those significant, important, comforting memories. I love that memory, so – hooray, bacon! And hooray for anything that brings a significant thought out of storage.