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Monday, May 11, 2020

Monday Memory

My childhood friend, Linda, sent me a text with this photo. Do you remember this?she asked.

I vaguely remembered it....well it ws some Avon perfume that I had given to Linda in 1968. It was called Unforgettable. We laughed together that it probably was UNFORGETTABLE!! Sorry Avon.

Linda had written, from Arlene 1968 on the bottom of the bottle.  If you look closely you will see that you twisted off her top part to get to the perfume. I think these little decanters are much more memorable than the cologne inside of them.

Linda and I have been friends since we were little girls. Her grandfather and my grandmother were first cousins. We share a great great grandmother, Dialtha Louisa Swanson Hickey.  Isn't that a pretty name? Her tombstone reads, Eltha Hickey. Because here in the South, your shortened name often becomes the name you are remembered by.  We still have some of the old English language in North Georgia. When I was growing up, Emma was Emmer, Lena was Lener, etc. If your name ended in an A, you were in trouble.lol My granddaddy used to call my sister, Leta, LETER Lynn. He did it to tease her but thank goodness that old practice is fading away.  If you watch English tv shows you will still sometimes here them put ER on words ending in A.

Well now that you know our connection....back to Linda.

Linda was widowed fairly recently and she lived in the country. She had the opportunity to move next door to her sister so she took it! She and Karen are very close and this is perfect for my friend. So in the process of moving she has found many treasures. As I told Linda, it is good to have a friend who remembers you from eons ago and you are still friends to this day.  Make new friends, Keep the Old One is Silver, the other Gold. Linda is one of my Golden Friends.

10 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I remember those old Avon bottles and they were very special. I always loved the ones in the men's collection. And how nice to have a good friend that is special too! Enjoy your day!

Georgia said...

Arlene, thank you for sharing today. I had to smile my grandmother's name was Lena. I will have to ask my uncle about how her name was pronounced. Most of my Southern roots are from West Virginia. As for Avon, what a treasure your friend has. I remember, "Unforgetable." but I don't think I ever saw the little figurine, it is lovely. May you and yours have a very blessed day:)

Robin in Virginia said...

I remember those Avon decanters. I wasn't a fan of the perfume/cologne on the inside, but those decanters made adorable knickknacks at the time. Thank you for the blast from the past, Arlene! Your friendship with Linda is a wonderful thing. She definitely is golden.

Mary said...

That is wonderful that you have a "golden" friendship with Linda after all these years. No recollection of the bottles of Avon at all. I have always been highly allergic to perfume and I'm sure the Avon ones are the worst!! It's special to have that memory though!

Mary said...

Oh, I forgot to add, my sisters name is Sheila and I always pronounce the a er...Now I wonder where I got that from!

Visits With Mary said...

OHHHH....I remember this blue lady, I had her once upon a time. There were several perfume ladies and I think I had them all. My daughter has them now. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the memories!

Terri D said...

My mom sold Avon for years and years. Unforgettable really is forgettable. Most of the perfume back then was nasty! LOL That keepsake is lovely and how fun that she reminded you of your early friendship with that fun memory!

Sandy said...

I don't remember that one. My step grandmother sold Avon, so I saw lots and lots of things. I have a couple of things that I have kept from her.

Angela S. said...

That is so true! On "Doc Martin" it's always "Louiser" instead of "Louisa" which is a beautiful name and should be used more😊

Mari said...

I remember those old Avon containers! Never really liked the perfume, but it's fun seeing the bottles.