Even though I have been working to remove items from my house, on a recent trip to Fleet Farm (aka the Man’s Mall) I brought something home. I scored a new knitting bag: the Gatemouth Junior from Bucket Boss. ($9.95 - you can’t beat Fleet Farm. Go in for fly spray, go home with a knitting bag.)
This bag is almost perfect. It stands up straight, opens wide and zips closed. It has lots of interior and exterior pockets.
The one down side is the color. I also don’t like the Bucket Boss rubbery logo. It is sewn on, which surprised me. This isn’t even the pro model! However, it got me thinking about a replacement for the logo. Hmmmm…… as part of the household purge process, I rediscovered this item.
It was not in the box of my father’s stuff, as you may have already guessed. It is being worn by the tall sister in this photo.
I started looking at the merit badges. Some I actually remember, others are a complete mystery. The first badge, the steaming teacup, is Hospitality. (No wonder my brothers, three of them Eagle Scouts, mocked my merit badges.)
Using Hospitality as a starting point, and knowing that the badges didn’t change from 1963 to 1980, perhaps we can draw some conclusions about the values the others represent. Did they provide guidance for the 11-year old facing her future?
Meet the man of your dreams.
The hoped for outcome:
Otherwise, you might end up as a maintenance of way worker for the railroad.
Many of these badges were glued on. So this one must not have made a big impression.
I just can’t decide which one to use on my fabulous Gatemouth Jr., since there doesn’t appear to be a knitting badge. But what is this? The one sewn on even more crookedly than all the others?
Dabbler merit badge. Really, a merit badge for DABBLING. No wonder I turned out the way I did. That just might be the one.
This one, though, I’m sending to Gale.
If only I still had my handbooks, I could figure out what it all means. Maybe Daddy was right – never throw anything out. You might need it someday.