Friday, February 6, 2009

Toys

Hello Dear Reader,
Grandpa (Wes) Carter loved balls. Using part of his 25¢ allowance he always bought a sponge rubber ball at Woolworths’ on the Fourth of July. He bounced the ball against the outside of the house and practiced catching it. He also loved marbles and was a great competitor. One of the older boys liked to play with him and sought him out saying, “Come on, Snotty. Let’s play marbles.” The nickname embarrassed Wes but he told the story to his children saying that “Snotty” was a really good marble player. Finally, when he was over 70 years old, he admitted that he was the famous marble player, “Snotty.”

As a child Wes also had yoyos, whistles, and other toys that appeal to little boys (and girls). He learned a saying he remembered his whole life that went like this:
I bought a wooden whistle and it “wooden” whistle.
I bought a steel whistle and it “steel wooden” whistle.
I bought a tin whistle and now I “tin” whistle.

Love,
Aunt Genni

1 comment:

R Stone said...

Hi there My name is Robin, when I saw your post it brought back memories of my mother saying "Come on Snotty. Let's play marbles." And I was wondering if it was possible that our families knew each other and that is where she got the phrase from. Or the possibility that we could have crossed family lines. Please contact me at thoughtmiester@gmail.com. Maybe we can talk genealogy.