Do you remember anything from your childhood that you wanted so bad you can still taste it? I do....for me it was that ginormous stocking.
I grew up on Long Island, about 3 blocks away from our town's "Main Street". There was a very small grocery store not far from my house. When I got old enough, my mom would send me there if she needed a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk.
Every December they hung a truly ginormous stocking from the ceiling. It was full of stuff that a 10 year old kid would find awesome. Looking back now, it held a lot of junk. The kind of junk that you win from the claw game, or that you spend $10 to win at a carnival. But, to my little girl eyes, that stocking was truly amazing, and I wanted it...bad.
When you checked out, you could fill out a chance to win the stocking. I would go along with my mom, so that I could fill out those chances. Every year I was determined that I would be the winner.
My parents and siblings even remember how very much I wanted that stocking. My sister remembers that on the night when the winner was to be called, I would prohibit anyone from using the phone, so as not to tie up the line. I knew I would win.
I never won that stocking. I still get teased about how much I wanted it. My sister was trying to develop some scheme about calling me this December and pretending to be from the grocery store and that somehow I had won the stocking years ago but they weren't able to reach me and I could come pick up my prize. I would have never believed her...but that is how very much I wanted that stocking. My mom let me in on her plan...I think she remembers my heartbreak. Every December when I didn't win, she would console me by telling me that Santa would be coming soon.
Does anyone else remember anything that they wanted so badly as a child and never got....or am I just pathetic?