#52snapshots 2022 | Week 19, What You Hang Onto

Week 19 asks about what we hung onto in our past and what we hang onto now. An immediate image emerged in my mind’s eye: a teddy bear pin with googly eyes that a neighbor gave me for my fifth birthday in 1962. Even though its brown belly fell off one day, I still keep it in my jewelry box. It has no real monetary value. But it’s cute and fun and brings me back to our Clinton Avenue Camelot of the Sixties when the street’s kids, mostly Jewish, played kickball in the street until dark, collected lightning bugs in Mason jars, spit watermelon pits everywhere, and gave theater productions organized by the neighbor who gave me the pin. It was a time when our families were intact, and the future offered so many possibilities.

The teddy bear pin I’ve held dear since my fifth birthday

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
This entry was posted in #52snapshots, 52 Snapshots, Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to #52snapshots 2022 | Week 19, What You Hang Onto

  1. Arlene Schenker says:

    Ooh, collecting lightning bugs in glass jars. What a great memory! I collected mine on a city block in Queens.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.