Pocket money, what memories does that bring back for you? I know that for me it meant sweets. They say you can tell a lot about your childhood by the sweets you bought. Well I can see the importance of it now. Ask any adult and I bet they can remember the cost of a packet of Opal Fruits or a Marathon! or for me a Texan bar. But ask you how much a loaf of bread cost when you were ten, and you might struggle?
I remember it was a thrill to go and stay with my Nan on a Friday night (which I did almost every week) and to be given 20p to spend. This meant a trip to the sweet shop round the corner. I remember well the array of 1/2p sweets yes I could get a full 40 sweets for 20p. I remember coming home from school going to the shop on the way home and buying 2 oz of sweets, usually cola cubes, sherbet lemon’s, and pips. I remember they used to get all warm and sticky and they used to get stuck to the white paper bag so you just ate that as well. You could sneak them into class in a fluff filled pocket or a pencil-case and munch while you gazed out of the window.
I got my first job round about the time I started senior school, I was about 12/13 and I used to mow lawns and do gardening for a couple of older people. I remember I got paid £1.25 and hour and it took a full hour to mow one lady’s lawn. I also remember that it was then another one and a half hours while we chatted and she made me cups of tea and biscuits. I saved for the whole year, enough money to buy my first Midi Hi-Fi and it was bought from Boots, yes in those days Boots was not just a chemist! I was so proud of my purchase and I think I still have the receipt. It meant a lot to me to be able to play my tapes and records in my bedroom.
I wonder what my son will remember about his childhood, will it be his lovely new bike, his amazing holidays. Maybe his huge collection of Lego, or do you think it might be the shrimps he buys for 2p each when he goes to the shops with Grandad?
I would love to hear your sweet memories, bring back Texan bars! I don’t know if my teeth would take it?