Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Silver Dollar City

Dear Mom,

In a previous note to you I mentioned we never went on vacation and I was fortunate enough to go camping with Jeannie, but I forgot to mention a trip I took with the Pondrom’s to Silver Dollar City. I’m guessing it was the summer of 1970 or 1971. We all piled into a bus—a school bus that was converted into a homemade RV—the Pondrom family with four kids and myself, the Behlmann’s with three kids, and the Hassenbiller’s with at least one or two kids.

The bus broke down. I don’t know the details of how we got started again but we made it to our destination. We stayed in these cabins that had a pool. The day we went to Silver Dollar City was a treat—seeing how people did things back in the olden days—making taffy, basket weaving, shoeing horses, dipping wax to make your own candle. I was pretty sure I still had that candle. I went through my sentimental box and there she was. Can’t believe that candle is nearly 40 years old and it somehow managed to stay in tact and travel with me through my many moves.

I’m sure adding another kid into the mix wasn’t up Mrs. Pondrom’s alley but Susan got her way—and I’m glad she did.

Decided to display the candle so it now sits on a shelf in the living room.


  1. frickin rad. you ole sentimental packrat! glad you're displaying it. super cool

  2. Hi Lynn - How cool that you found it, and fortunate it didn't melt into a puddle. Nice, too, that you had a fairy godmother that year (in the form of the Pondrom family). Sounds like a fun trip.

  3. Casey - wait to you see the other goodies I have packed away!
    Lisa - yes, I'm surprised it has held up all these years - guess dipping candles must be a better candle? I'll never know as I'll never burn it.

  4. Awwww, this is really neat!!

  5. Very cool! You should put this in the next Bippen Bulletin.

  6. How wonderful that you still have that treasure after all these years!


  7. You little pack rat you, what a treasure to behold, a flicker of a memeory at every glance.


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