This post will take a look back at things I still have from back in the day. My mom hates that phrase, but I love its non-specific retro-liciousness.
Auntie Lou, one of my great aunts, regularly gave me books for Christmas and birthdays, including the Anne of Green Gables series and Emily of New Moon. My favourites were Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island. Anne of Avonlea either got lost somewhere along the way or bit the biscuit, but Anne of the Island is still (barely) in one piece. There were a lot of words that appeared in Anne of Green Gables that I didn’t actually know how to pronounce, because I’d never heard them said aloud. For the longest time, I thought Avonlea was pronounced a-VON-lee-yah.
The pen and pencil holder was a gift my grandparents on my dad’s side gave me when I was a kid. It came from Montana, and they’d done a road trip through the northern states on the way out west from Manitoba to visit us. It’s been with me ever since, including the to-ing and fro-ing as I moved in and out of university residence each year.
I made the dinky little hammer in the metalworking rotation in Practical Arts 8. In woodworking, I made a plant stand that I think my parents still have. Both hammer and plant stand turned out remarkably well given how non-practically inclined I am.
The UBC sweatshirt comes from the school where I did my pharmacy and nursing degrees. I think I got it in first year, which was 1997. I’ve plunked a champagne flute on top of it; that’s from 2002, the year I graduated from pharmacy. Every year there was a cake and champagne event for the faculty and the graduating class, and all of the grads were given a flute to keep.
I was a big Vancouver Canucks fun in late elementary school and high school. This was my favourite t-shirt. They’ve since changed their logo; I guess the orange got a little old.
Last, but not least, we have my passport photo from 1993. I was 14, and needed a passport for a school exchange trip to Japan. I forget sometimes that I used to wear glasses (I had laser eye surgery in my 20s). I had a lot of bad glasses back when, but then again, I’m not sure if there was anything better around at the time. Oh, and that’s my fancy little hammer blocking out the identifying details on the passport.
That’s it for this little trip down memory lane. What are some of the things you’ve still got around from back in the day?