This may be the last remaining pair of ear plugs straight from the stashes of Scott Paper Co. in Marinette, WI! (Compliments of the late Tom Kushman I might add!) When the hubs and Evan went to Marinette/Menominee a few weekends ago (ah, the glorious girls weekend it was!) he returned with some random goodies from my mom's house. I came across these ear plugs and had to smile! They are a vintage treasure (in my humble opinion!)
I get a kick out of these instructions: ROLL~INSERT~HOLD! I think my mom has seen the disgusting pair of earplugs lying around the house that the hubs using while cutting grass (when he remembers!) They are gross! In true mom-like fashion, she's always lookin' out for us!
And for those of you who can't read, we have a full illustration of how to ROLL~INSERT~HOLD! I love it! I have fond love-hate memories of all those summers I spent in college working at the paper mill. Thanks to the nepotism policy (you could only work at the mill if you had a parent working there!) I left college 100% debt free. And that is amazing! Those long hot summers of work reinforced in me the desire for a college degree and to get the hell out of that small town. I could literally feel myself getting itchy to leave, to travel, to experience life, to grow, to change, to break free~to quiet all those voices inside myself telling me this wasn't gonna cut it. I needed more. I was more.
College was the first stepping stone to "leaving the nest." So much has changed since the early '90s. (I graduated from college in '93) It was a life-changing experience. I loved it. I wish the same for my children. It's a magical time in one's life. I just turned 40 and it's exciting to start a new list of dreams for myself. To figure out "what to do with my life." That feeling never goes away. And if it does, I think I've stopped being true to myself.
Here's a shout out to Oprah (miss you! miss your show!) and "the one thing I know for sure": I shouldn't have worried or cared so much about what other people thought about me. And, I had really incredible parents and to this day I know I can always go home.
And all this from a little 'ol pair of earplugs. I love how that happens!