Friday, April 13, 2012
A card worth saluting
Who remembers the Bicentennial?
Probably not a lot of you. But I do. I always felt blessed to experience one of our country's centennial celebrations. You kind of have to land on the right birth square to enjoy one. I was 10 years old in 1976 and even at that young age, I couldn't make a move without knowing that it was our country's bicentennial.
I still remember receiving Ranger Rick magazine in the mail (anybody remember that? Anyone?) The subscription was a gift from my nature-loving grandmother, and it was my first subscription to a magazine ever. I treasured those once-a-month visits from our furry friends. And for July 1976, Ranger Rick featured a bald eagle on the cover. I swelled with the first stirrings of patriotic pride.
I remember the grandest 4th ever, my horrific experience with red, white and blue ice cream (they had not perfected "blue food" back then), and the endless celebrations in my town.
And every time I see a card from the 1976 Kellogg's 3-D set, I think of those times. Because Kellogg's was observant enough to deck out its '76 set in patriotic colors. They were truly in the spirit of '76.
This was the year before I started stalking boxes of Frosted Flakes for Kellogg's cards, so I didn't see many of the cards from '76. But I'm guessing some people collected the whole set just to have a momento from the Bicentennial.
I don't have any momentos from '76 anymore. I'm sure I had plenty when I was 11. But even all my Ranger Rick magazines are long gone.
So this Kellogg's card will commemorate that special time for me. I received it from Bob. It was originally a Nebulous 9 need. But now it symbolizes everything that's great about our country. Baseball included (or especially).
It sure brings back a lot of memories.
All of you who don't know what I'm talking about will just have to hang on for 2076.