We met when was just 7 years old. (Actually, I wasn’t really 7 yet…I was six, almost seven…and I went snooping in my mom and dad’s closet, looking for my would-be Birthday gift…and found it…it was HIM!) I don’t know what it was about him, exactly…it’s hard to put those ‘love at first sight’ moments into words. But I can tell you that the instant our eyes met (being that he was hardly concealed at all up there in the top of my mom’s closet), I knew he would be special to me and that I’d treasure him forever!
That moment we met…that instant that he became so instantaneously a part of my life…was forty years ago, my young padawans! Forty! I can’t even believe I can remember forty years ago! (I’m going to quit italicizing the word, “forty”…it’s freaking me out!) But I do, and seeing him up there on my mom’s closet shelf is as clear an image in my mind as if it had happened yesterday!
Yep! My good ol’, loyal, true and fast friend…my Cookie Monster Bank! Ah the coins we collected over the years…the coins we continued to collect once I was married…the coins my children collected with him…sweet are those memories…and vivid is that beloved smell of 70s hard plastic! I’m not kidding! I LOVED the smell of my Cookie Monster Bank! Of course, one had to remove his plastic white cork in order to get a good whiff of his innards. Removing the cork wasn’t as easy as you might think either! It required either a butter knife and a bit of leverage to pop that thing out. But the second the cork went flying across the room from the force of the levered butter knife…Ahhhhhh! The familiar, soothing scent of that blue 70s plastic would fill the air like simmering apple cider wassail on Christmas Eve!
Ah yes…dear, dear, dearest Cookie Monster Bank. I can’t quite remember for certain, but I think he actually helped me save up the pennies I used to buy my orange and very hip Barbie Camper even! I have a vivid memory of taking my rolled pennies into the store and purchasing the camper, but I cannot vividly remember if Cookie was there, too…because I’m just not sure whether I was six or seven when I bought my camper. Still, I’m thinking Cookie was involved…but don’t quote me on that. I mean, Cookie was involved in EVERY big purchase I ever made through my childhood years, and well into my teens! I even kept paper money in him (though that was a LOT harder to retrieve when he was uncorked…even if I had folded the bills into very small rectangles).
As I said before, Cookie Monster Bank went with me when Kevin and I were married. Kevin fed Cookie his change for years and years as well, as we saved up our pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters for various moments of, “We need a few bucks to get us through until payday,) type scenarios. And then, Cookie continued to serve our little family in the Coin Savings Department for many, many years. We ALL love Cookie Monster Bank so so soooooo much!
However, as I said, Cookie is forty years old and has been through a lot. And sadly, during one of our moves years back, he sustained a very serious cranial injury that eventually forced him into retiring from the coin collecting business he’d enjoyed for so long.
*WARNING: The following image may be too graphic for young children. Parental Guidance is advised.
As you can see, Cookie’s cranial injuries are far too severe for him to have continued on active duty. The photo doesn’t even do it justice, but you can get the idea.
And so, Cookie Monster Bank was forced into retirement and our family started depositing our coins into various jars (pickle, applesauce, apple butter, etc.) until I was able to acquire a large, vintage water cooler jar a year or so ago.
But even though he has retired, he’s not forgotten or lonesome at all! He sits quietly on the shelf of the bedroom in our house that has been converted into The Pumpkin Patch/my office…smiling out at anyone who happens open the closet door to say, “Hello!” to him, or to retrieve a roll of wrapping paper, etc. So fear not…my Cookie Monster Bank is as safe as ever…and as loved! He might not be the most handsome guy on the block, but he’s a hero all the same!
Once in a while, I take a sniff through the coin hole in head, or pop out his mangled plastic cork and inhale deeply. I think his cranial fracture has lessened his ability to maintain that powerful 70s plastic bouquet he once boasted, but there’s still a faint hint of it there. Some things worm their way into your heart…linger there forever…and Cookie Monster Bank is one of those things for me! 🙂 Thanks, Cookie!
And now…onto last week’s contest winner and this week’s new contest!
Last week’s winner of the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 2 Disk Special Edition DVD is…Lynette Dyer! Just pulled your name out of the hat, Lynette! E-mail your snail mail address to me at email@example.com and I’ll see that it ships to you asap! Fun!
Now…for this week’s contest. Hmmm…let’s see. I’ve had Bon Jovi’s song, Make a Memory, stuck in my head all morning long. So let’s say…this week’s blog contest is for something to help you ‘make a memory,’ okay? How about a $15.00 Hobby Lobby Gift Card? Yep! That’s it! So just leave a comment here, on Facebook, Goodreads or e-mail me and you’re entered to win, of course! I’ll draw a name out of my hat on Monday (I know I was late this week…sorry. 🙁 ) Okay! Meanwhile, here’s a clip of my favorite, “narrated by Cookie Monster” moment! Ha ha! Love it!