10.21.2010

The Survival Kit


Clockwise from the upper left: yarn rope made from a homemade loom (popsicle sticks glued on a toilet paper roll), Hello Kitty whistle, Hello Kitty origami paper, Sergio Valente zipper wallet, The Little Red Hen book with lenticular cover, Hello Kitty wind-up clip, Hello Kitty stamp, mushroom sticker dispenser, Goropikadon band-aids, Sanrio Vaudeville Duo band-aids, plastic letter stencil, glitter puffy paint, Hello Kitty gumball hair band.

When I'd come home for the holidays, I found it reassuring that I still had all my Hello Kitty crap and the Little Twin Star suitcase. It seems wrong that no one had made me get rid of these things and that as thirty something I could still "play" with them. As a kid, I put only the most important things in there. In the event I had to pick up and go, I'd have band-aids (two sets), reading material (The Little Red Hen), and something to sit on (yarn circular pad). 

I had never experienced natural disaster or political upheaval, but growing up Californian the earthquake preparedness drills at school must have really left an impression on me. Why else was I always assembling emergency kits? I made one for a wicker basket that had playing cards, marbles, vials of glitter, and Wrigley's Spearmint chewing gum. The glitter would be purely for aesthetic value and the cards entertainment. But gum was going to save my life! In the event I was stranded in a trench caused by an earthquake, I'd use the foil gum wrapper to signal passing planes for help. 

6 comments:

the actor's diet said...

SQUEEEEAL! i had that same exact little twin stars case. forgot i had it til just now.

Raina Lee said...

Lynn, I think we were living parallel Sanrio childhoods.

Pillows for the People said...

so precious!!!
i covet this in 1985 and 2010.
xo p

allison orphan said...

oooh! i had the same whistle but in blue!

brandon said...

adorable! this kind of stuff is the only reason I wouldn't fear having female offspring.

Raina Lee said...

Allison, I dare you to find a girl who never liked Hello Kitty!!!

Brandon, you don't need to have female offspring to collect Sanrio!

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