Friday, December 21, 2007

A Dose of Nostalgia

Does anyone remember these lights? They're, obviously enough, called "Bubble Lights" if you search for them on eBay. They were really popular in the 50's and 60's before the little lights we have today eventually stole the show. We had a really old set of them when I was very young and I had completely forgotten about them until a couple of weeks ago. They just popped into my mind out of nowhere and I was transported to a lovely place, a place of childhood wonder, if you will. These colorful "magic" lights would bubble and make really beautiful reflections on the walls at night as I watched the tree in the dark. I desperately tried to explain them to Jim but he had no idea what I was talking about. Then, the very next day I saw a string of them on a tree at the Salvation Army. It wasn't a good buy or obviously I would've gone for it- the strand was part of an old, pre-lit table top tree from the 60's and most of the bubble lights didn't work anymore anyway, and the store was using the tree to display ornaments that you could buy. Anyway, I thought it was so sweet that I saw some right after the fuzzy warm flashback and especially after trying so hard to explain them to said spouse. I took a picture of one of the lights. An old man in the store looked at me like I was a little crazy, but, here it is. You can find them on eBay and I've got my sights set on getting some for next year, you know, so I can pass on some of the warm fuzzy memories to my own little kids.

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