“Don’t you ever mind,” she asked suddenly, “not being rich enough to buy all the books you want?”

The morning was cool when I woke up. There is still a breeze and it’s cloudy, but I can feel the humidity, and I’m guessing the sun will be back. I figure by afternoon we’ll be behind closed doors and windows again. Today is a stay at home day. I have a couple of new books from the library so I can while away the afternoon reading. I can think of no better pleasure.

Alexa is playing Bob Dylan. I keep stopping to sing along.

Last night I noticed stuffing on the floor and figured Henry was pulling apart another of his toys though I thought I had taken all the stuffing out of them. Well, I had. Henry was pulling out the stuffing from a hole he had made in the couch cushion. The hole is a good size. I turned the cushion over and saw a tiny hole but thought nothing of it until I saw the stuffing. Henry was at it again. I switched cushions with him and will have to remember to cover the hole when I go out. He might get bored and look for something to do.

When I was kid, our boxer had two major incidents. The first was when my father left him in the car while we visited my aunt, the nun. When we got back, we saw Duke had chewed the upholstery over the car windows and strings of it hung down. Later my father cut the strings, but the car stayed like that until we got a new one. The second incident was at a red light in Reading Square. Duke went out the window. My father immediately pulled over and gave chase. A passer-by saw the dog and my father and grabbed the dog. If he hadn’t, the chase would have lasted until my father could run no more. Duke was not penitent.

When I was a kid, my movie theater had one screen and no air-conditioning. Candy bars were a nickel. I never bought popcorn or a drink. I just had that one nickel to spend, and I chose wisely, candy which lasted a while. A penny had value back then. A half-dollar was a fortune. My birthday cards sometimes had a dollar in them. I felt rich beyond compare.

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16 Comments on ““Don’t you ever mind,” she asked suddenly, “not being rich enough to buy all the books you want?””

  1. Hedley Says:

    A trip to the cinema always meant two movies the B movie and the A movie or the main feature. Sometimes the movie would be long enough that there would be an intermission – Lawrence of Arabia, Beckett – and then the ice cream lady would appear and you would , or would not get something, preferably a choc ice. There were no concessions in the lobby but sometimes they might sell a program. The theatres were two levels so you watched from the stalls or the circle.

    We had a lot of choices, but the Crescent Leatherhead was better than the Odeon in Epsom. All gone now of course but deffo pleasant memories.

    First movie ever ? Bambi at the Crescent – apparently I cried. . Must have been in the late 50s when it “came around again”

    My Grandmother Dorrie was a rock star, always willing to take us to the movies. Heck she covered everything from Hard Days Night and Help to the Sound of Music.

    Looking back its fun how much “stuck” – someone mentions Cliff Richard and I immediately think of him driving the double decker bus to Greece in “Summer Holiday”

    Super duper post Kat………CLIFF !!!!!!!

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,


      We had one movie theater in town, in the square. It had a balcony which was only open if there were no seats in the main theater, during the Saturday matinee that is. The kids up there always tossed candy. On those days the best seats in the main theater were under the balcony. First was always coming attractions then the cartoons then the serial, all before the main movie. There was only one movie. but for the sum of a quarter we had lots to see and no one complained.

      My first movie was Snow White. My mother took my brother and me. I watched the whole movie. My brother hid under the seat when the witch appeared. After that was Bambi. I cried when his mother died. I remember The Wizard of Oz which must have been re-released. I was in awe when it turned to color. That is one of my great movie memories.

  2. Bob Says:

    My first movie was Peter Pan in about 1953, I think. My mother got all dressed up and we went on the subway to the Roxy Theater in Manhattan and had reserved seats. The neighborhood theater was the Lowe’s Gates theater in Brooklyn. (In Brooklyn it was called Lowee’s) I remember going with my mother to see From Here to Eternity. I remember the scene on the beach where Burt Lancaster and Deborah Karr made out in the surf. Amazing what a little boy will remember. I probably had popcorn. That theater was the first air conditioned building I can recall.

    All the movies showed a short film, a couple of cartoons and the main movie. Kids shows were double features preceded with a short and several cartoons.

    Today was actually pleasant with a high of 91 degrees. August is coming and that’s the hottest and driest month of the year.

    • Hedley Says:

      Alright Kat and Bob, is there anyone in the group that didn’t see a Disney movie as their first show at the cinema ?

      • katry Says:

        It’s true that a Disney movie was and still is a great choice for kids, even if my brother got too scared to watch.

      • Caryn Says:

        My first was Fantasia. The second was Bambi. Both were re-releases because I wasn’t on the planet when they originally came out.

      • katry Says:

        We all seem to have seen Disney as our first. My viewing was also on a re-release.

    • katry Says:

      We lived in South Boston when I went to my first movie, and I don’t know where we went to see it, I’m guessing we went to Boston, a short ride away.

      I think From Here to Eternity would not have been a choice my mother’s for us to see. The theme would have been a bit over our heads at 6 or 7. I don’t even remember the first air conditioned movie theater I went to.

      We went to the drive in a lot every summer. It always had two movies: a kid’s movie first and an adult movie second. My father made Zarex (better than Kool-Aid) and popcorn. He’d buy candy. We’d wear our pajamas.

      It was a great morning but by the afternoon it was humid and the AC was put back on.

      • Bob Says:

        My guess is that my mother wanted to see From Here to Eternity and just dragged me along.

        We never went to a drive in movie until I was in college and I had my first car. We would have submarine races in the back seat. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I figure you’re right about that. People don’t usually go to the movies alone.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Not sure, we saw puppet theater and kid’s movies at our local suburb cinema, a room behind a bar which is long gone. Czech movies were the best at that time but I can’t really remember which ones I saw.
    The first movie in a big cinema was The Jungle Book I think. Disney.

    • Hedley Says:

      The Jungle Book…gigantic favorite of the family to this day especially King Louie. The love of the movie passed very comfortably down to The Prince

      Yes, Birgit your first movie was Disney

    • katry Says:

      We had only the movies. Other than during the summer, we had a matinee at the movie theater up town. It had a stage because during the 40’s and 50’s they had a few stage shows and before the movie women would get pieces of a dinner set.

      That theater was left to ruin but was bought and refurbished. It is now a non-profit theater with stage shows on that very stage. I go there at least once a year.

  4. olof1 Says:

    one of the worst incident I’ve had with my dogs is when I left Hector, Orvar, Erna and Viran in the car for five minutes. Hector was amazing when it came to open up bottles with screw corks so besides chewing of all but one seat belts in the car he had also opened a bottle with motor oil. There were only a few marks from his teeth on the screw cork and then he poured it all out on every seat in the car 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I couldn’t even get angry, just laughed out loud and drove home hoping that no police would stop us on our way 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Shauna did somewhat the same thing. She got into a can of oil from the cellar. I forget which, but it was non toxic, good thing. She carried it upstairs and chewed it open on my bed. I brought her to the vets who said the oil was perfect safe, and she would smell like a salad for a while. My sheets and blankets never recovered. I couldn’t get angry either. It was while I was at work and figured she’d gotten bored.

      Enjoy your day!!

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