It’s not Tobacco

Before matching storage containers were a thing, before IKEA became famous for it’s storage solutions, before pinterest, parents stored toys in whatever reusable vessel they could find. Our parents were “green” before “green” was even a thing.

Did you ever store your marbles in a Crown Royal bag? Then you had such a parent. A mom who bought margarine in the gigantic tub and then stored your barbie clothes inside. A mom who kept shoe boxes that were just the right space for your Rubix cube and Monchichee.

We didn’t question these storage choices, it was just the way things were done. I even do a bit of that now with our crew. The oldest stores his Pokemon cards in a gift box that once held lavender soap and foot lotion and he doesn’t bat an eye.

I do wonder about some of the choices (not the Crown Royal bag, that was the result of sound reasoning).

Don't worry, it's EXTRA MILD tobacco
Don’t worry, it’s EXTRA MILD tobacco

What could be inside this tin of wonder? Crayons? Glamour Gals? Marbles? (no, of course not marbles, those are in the Crown Royal bag). Maybe some Little People accessories? Legos?

No, silly. Isn’t it obvious? The tin that at one point held my grandpa’s pipe tobacco was the perfect vessel to house:

Your very own yarn ball collection
Your very own yarn ball collection

When I discovered this gem in my parents’ basement, my first thought was, “Who would use an old tobacco tin for their kids’ stuff?” which was followed quickly by, “Who keeps it for almost forty years?” But now I think it needs to be hermetically sealed as a tribute to all the craft projects my sisters and I never finished. Right beside all the partial rug hooking kits (don’t worry, they kept those, too).

We spent many a Saturday night together in the basement rug hooking while we watched “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island”. I don’t think any of us thought ahead enough to contemplate what we would DO with those hooked rugs once we finished (we never did. Not even one rug. So maybe even then we knew we lacked follow through). My favourite part was squishing the yarn packets, so there’s really no doubt as to why I never finished a project. Somewhere in my childhood home I bet there’s a pickle jar full of half-finished yarn bracelets, right beside a bunch of partially-knitted leg warmers.

It doesn’t hold tobacco anymore, but it does hold memories. I call dibs.

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Author: Jan Moyer

Embracing my inner child since 2005.

17 thoughts on “It’s not Tobacco”

  1. Oh you made me think of spending the weekend at my Nannie’s house! She watched – and so we watched – Hee Haw. We got to watch The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. Saturday night was so awesome.

    I didn’t do much in the way of crafts when I was a kid. I waited till I got older to start and never finish tons of projects.

      1. That’s good! I won’t tell you how long my bathroom floor has been half tiled. But it’s counted in years, not months. It’s pathetic!

  2. I still fight the urge to save containers for when I might need them. Oh, but I could decorate these soup cans with paper, and I can never have to many glass jars. Drives Bryan a little crazy, he’s not quite on the depression era side of the frugal scale.

  3. Great memories…The Love Boat…and craft projects…but I made better progress with those projects during Hockey Night in Canada, I think!

  4. Oh Jan, you need to start crocheting those doilies for your parlour now, so they will be done in 25 years. Leftover crochet cotton can always be stored! lol

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