BC: Copyright 2011 by Gloria Ann Ringel
FC: Tchotchkes at Grandpa Sam's house: take the tour
1: It was 1988. Ronald Reagan was finishing his term as President. At the movies, people were enjoying "Rain Man" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." On TV, "The Cosby Show" and "Cheers" were prime time hits. 1988 was an especially eventful time for Sam and Roz Ringel. This was the year they moved from the old neighborhood of North Bergen, NJ, to the more countrified setting of Columbus, NJ. They quickly made their new house a home: a place where children and grandchildren enjoyed visiting, sleeping over, eating meals, and celebrating holidays. Many of the belongings from the old house found new shelf and wall space in the new one. These knickknacks, or tchotchkes, are things that have been in the backdrop of family dinners and visits--each pretty much in its same place since 1988. And while they are just "things," the memories these items can trigger are probably unique for each of us.
2: Welcome to my kingdom, says the princess of the bookshelves.
3: Is it the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown? No, but according to Ringel folklore, this is the magical pumpkin picture Manny always smiled at as a baby.
4: The Great Debate: It's a planter... It's a mirror... No, it's a planter ...
5: Two little beaded plastic plants....because one of these just isn't enough.
6: Twinkle twinkle little cup Methinks these plants have run amok!
8: Hello...the 1960s is calling, and it wants its macrame back!
9: The tin man is on the other line--he wants his heart.
10: All are welcome to the village of Anatevka, says the fiddler.
11: Relax, stay, eat some plastic fruit. And remember, what happens in Anatevka, stays in Anatevka.
12: Watch your back.
13: Go find your own piano leg to nap against.
14: Indestructable coffee table flora...
15: takes root in various odd spots.
17: Does anyone know the way back to Egypt? My horse made a wrong turn at the Nile, and somehow I wound up in Tel Aviv.
18: In the bathroom, the Picasso and toilet paper coexist side by side.
19: Here's Rembrandt. Famous artist...etcher...lush.
20: I don't understand why I can't find that phone number...I mean, I put it right on my refrigerator door.
21: And here's Grandpa Sam, relaxing in his well-worn, favorite chair, with a good book. Happy reading!