Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cookie Jar

Last weekend spring cleaning kicked in and I finally disposed of some things I’ve been holding onto, Lord knows why, for too long. I also had a chance to reassess the importance of some items.

I blame my sister Diana for even thinking about using eBay to get rid of some of the items, but did do some Internet searches out of curiosity to see what some items might be worth. On a recent visit to my Mom’s place I found my sister bidding for a cookie jar. This particular one is ceramic, white, with cookie decorations of various sorts all over it. It was topped with a cookie-like handle.

One similar to it was filled with cookies for a couple years during my childhood. It was done in by my brother John in a klutzy moment. Mom glued it back together, but it didn’t last long after that. Anyway Diana or Derbs as we call her was looking to find one like it on eBay. She found some close to it, but wasn’t able to nail down a winning bid.

Anyway it got me to thinking last weekend about some of my treasured items. Even grown men maintain a treasure (or junk) box they can’t part with. Although it’s much easier to explain why you’re holding onto it when you’re a boy. Some of the items I looked for included an autographed Ray Nitschke football card from 1971. He signed it for me at a personal appearance he made in my hometown. Nice guy, but to a 13-year-old boy huge. On eBay similar cards were going for anywhere from a couple bucks up to $50 or $60. I think I’ll hold onto it a little longer.

Another item I held on to over the years is a pseudo-Rambo knife. I was surprised how many knock offs there are of this particular item. When I bought it I thought it would come in handy when I’m hunting, but to be truthful I could never put a sharp edge on it. I’ve thought about giving it to my nephew Max because he hunts, but that would require finding a gift for my nephew Derek because you can’t just give one of them a present.

Something I keep in a separate box is German beer steins. I’m not really sure what to do with them. My Dad loved them, but after he died my Mom wanted to get rid of them. She didn’t have the heart to toss them out. Yeah you can find a bunch on the Internet. I do use one to hold coins of sentimental value in.

These are a few of my little treasures or junk if you will. I’m still hoping my sister gets that cookie jar. Cookies housed in that jar always seemed to taste better. Maybe it was just the love of childhood that made them taste so good.

P.S. I couldn’t find a picture of the actual jar, but this is similar.