July 15, 2012 – I love the weird and wonderful art installations in Vancouver. This is a new one on Granville Island – a huge pair of mirrored glasses (that reflect the underside of the Granville Street Bridge) with a six foot fake nose – that we stumbled onto today, and it totally reminds me of my childhood.
When I was about 7 or 8 years old, my Uncle (Ted – Dad’s youngest brother) married a wonderful woman (Sue). The wedding was in Haney, and our family travelled down to Salmon Arm where my Granny sewed me a dress. It had long sleeves and little flowers on it. The long sleeves were because was just getting over chicken pox, although I only had about ten spots on me anywhere, I got off easy. My brother, not so much, he got a terrible case.
The wedding was fun, I was little so really I just remember sunny weather, staying with my Mom’s sister and husband (and their two dogs – Sunny & Spud), balloons at the wedding, Sue’s yellow dress, and that someone soaped the car windows. But more importantly I remember that the family visited a magic/novelty store in Haney. The novelty store had silly glasses and such, but I remember buying a Joy Buzzer, a Whoopie Cushion, and fake barf.
I think the fake barf got more use than anything, even my Mom got into that thing. Wet it with water, toss it on the floor, and anyone would believe the dog had just upchucked. Actually, it was good enough that our poor dog believed it was barf and looked ashamed whenever it came out. Poor thing.