Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bill Cosby: “Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope”



Recently my father downsized from the house he grew up in, to a granny flat-style arrangement at the bottom of the garden. There is no singular doubt which of my parents passed on the You Never Know When It’ll Come In Handy gene. Mountains of conclusive proof was unearthed when Dad required help with the downsizing of his stuff. Which included my grandparents’ stuff: stuff that stayed in the house after they died. The whole experience hasn’t helped with the rationalisation of stuff at my place.

Amongst the stuff I now house, is one typewriter:



Nana Eunice’s recipe books:



Sets of picnic ware:



And a number of objects that I am not at all sure what to do with, but nonetheless feel a great sense of responsibility towards.

This is a vase:



I’m at a floral loss.

What I did not feel compelled to rescue, was still-packaged, soap-on-a-rope, found at the back of Dad’s bathroom cabinet. Said soap-on-a-rope was purchased for ten cents in 1979, by eight year old me, at the school Father’s Day Stall. After thirty one years of pretended gratitude, Dad seemed relieved to see it go. Evil, thirty nine year old me, (encouraged by Mr Cosby), has since whipped up Dad’s Father’s Day Card:



You can find cards for other soap-on-a-rope traumatised Dads here.

38 comments:

Jo said...

Oh, my grandmother had those coloured cups. Lime cordial never tasted sooo good.

Kylie said...

That's so funny :) You've rescued a pretty cool booty I think. Those cards are going to sizzle! Kx

Michelle said...

Classic! You must have dreged up some memories when you helped your Dad move

zofia said...

hehehe. Poor old dad ;) Fabulous card.
Oh, I would be increasing my stash for sure. Great stuff.
Hmmm, I'd go big and blousy and red? or nothing at all!

Little Ted Canvas said...

I LOVE that he still had that soap on a rope..

CurlyPops said...

Haaa I almost peed my pants with laughter! My dad had soap on a rope in the 70's and us kids were banned from using it. It hung from the tap chastising us every single day.
I love Nana Eunice's recipe books, but I'd love to know where on earth you're going to put that very unusual vase?
PS - I'll be having nightmares tonight about when my dad finally decides to downsize...

Sarah said...

The recipe book is quite a find! I would have been really excited finding that - love the card too :-)

beck said...

I seem to recall some extremely distasteful joke about soap on a rope...lets not go there. Love the recipe books and the typewriter. All the things we accumulate in life need sorting one day don't they? I'm glad I have five kids as they can share the load. Loving the card xo

june at noon said...

Great story! Good luck with the vase. :)

Buttons by Lou Lou said...

That is so funny. I saw a soap on a rope in the ALDI catalogue this week and I was teasing my husband about getting it for him for father's day from the boys.

I completely missed my husbands real hint. He said he was going to forward me the details of an ipad special deal for father's day. I said, I don't think my dad would want an ipad. Your dad would like it much more than mine, why are you sending it to me? He, he. He had to spell it out for me.

Hope you find some lovely new homes for all of your bits and pieces... Lou.

Stomper Girl said...

Funny. I just KNOW I bought my father soap-on-a-rope back in the day. Coincidentally, I only just told Fixit that I don't want the kids buying me crap from the Mothers Day stall any more; I'd far rather they picked me some flowers or drew a picture than gave me a stupid butterfly pen or candle.

I love old-time writing in recipe books. They were so neat!

SongBird said...

I love that vase! I'd put big, fat white mums in it, or maybe oen or two brilliantly colored gerbera daisies with them!

I should rescue my Carmen Miranda Head Vase and put flowers in it, huh?

SongBird

Fer said...

Oo, I do like the card! But that vase would have to be the ultimate challenge....

Your Dad wouldn't happen to be Cancerian by any chance?

katiecrackernuts said...

He's been good about the downsizing. Maybe it's better if you know your stuff is in caretaker mode. You can still pretend you have it, which in theory, I guess he does. Nice of him to share, then.

Maggie said...

Classic!
My dad still has his set of those coloured cups in their leather holder too, I'm happy I found a set for myself at the op shop.

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Love the card! (you just brought back a faint memory of fuzzy dice - I wonder what happened to them?)

Rita
x

Karen said...

I too have a set of those annodised drinking cups - in a leather holder - they belonged to my grandfather. I love them.
Funny what you keep isn't it - or what memory attaches itself to, I also have my Nanna's mincer - I remember her using it in the old kitchen, not that I ever have!

Rach said...

Great card. We have those cups too. Such memories in the anodised aluminium!

Kirsty said...

What a gorgeous collection of memory anchors you have.

Super love the soap on a rope number.

jo so and sew said...

Lucky Mr! Was is Old Spice? I miss my dad's old typewriter.... can't seem to find the same one anywhere...

Liesl said...

How special to have Nana Eunice's recipes. How I wish I had copies of my late grandma's secret recipes.

Now to the vase ... isn't it screaming tiger lillies?

Little Treasures said...

I am always thrilled to see rescued 'vintage' things. Interesting things you rescued, but I believe you found a ton more. Your granny's recipe books are quite a little treasure!
By the way, my grandad passed the infamous gene to me! You are not alone :)

Thea said...

I love the card. I recently saw the Cosby episode you are referring to. x

Andi said...

So the 'other family' has finally moved in to the main house? How's all that going?

Andi x

PS The cards are hysterical. I expect nothing less!!!

melissa said...

ha! i love those cards. stylish AND funny- a good combination. you're a good daughter.

Sandrine said...

What a great story behind the pretty card :)So many treasures, specially your grandma recipe book must feel really special.x

Nikki said...

Oh... that recipe book. Treasure.

(Your Nana's writing looks like my Mum's)

Megan said...

ahh this made me smile! i've definitely inherited similar genes from my dad. love the personalised touch to the card, maybe you should regift him the soap on a rope, or make him a brand new one? might be more handy when those old bones don't want to bend down to pick up the dropped soap

Running Thread said...

Oh I love soap on a rope .... Your post took me right back to the 70s. I remember thinking how cool would it be to buy my dad a footy soap on a rope. I can picture the exact soap right now in the chemist. I never did buy it. I regret it now.

Karin van D. said...

Hahaha, you are a very funny daughter :-D My mother still saves a necklace I once made her out of pieces of straws. And I see my house turning from coordinating colours into more and more wild colours through all the decorations, given to me by my little ones. Oh well. ;-)

Mel said...

Oh fan-bloody-tastic! I am right back to lots of painted rock paperweights ... for an office with no windows ... hmmm

Esther said...

I saw the soap-on-a-rope too at Aldi but I confess, I actually considered buying it as we have no soap shelf (the soap just sits on the corner of the bath turning squishy) and Hubby would never use girly shower gel. I thought cool, I could hang it up on the tap.

But now it's just not cool. Thanks for ruining it for me guys. Maybe I can pretend I'm being ironic and retro and still get it. Giving it to him with that card would just back that up, don't you think.

Yay, that's one present for the hard-to-buy-for hubby.

Question- What else can you get a husband who is just NOT blokey, who doesn't like golf, cricket, footy, beer, fishing etc? Books, chocolate and new shirts just gets boring.)

Emma said...

Love the card, and the story behind it.

There's something mysteriously great about anodised aluminium cups. I swear lemonade tastes best when drunk out of those cups.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Recipe book rescue was very wise . Pure treasure !
Love the card ..... had quite forgotten soap-on-a-rope .No , to be honest , had deliberately wiped it from my mind .
Sonata .

Bonnie said...

This is great! I can't believe your father held on to that doggone soap all those years! I love it! It is sweet that he felt too guilty to get rid of it! I love your father's day card! that is absolutely hilarious! I'm sure he will get a chuckle out of that!

Anonymous said...

Love it Tarn!
Oh the memories..Nanna's recipe book (yum!),even that ahem 'elaborate' vase!
So what is happening with the house?

Love the card! Priceless!
Love Jen

Sally said...

Great card. Love it so much... loving the picnic wear too!

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

I love the card even more now with the story behind it. Our Dad definitely got soap on a rope!
My Grandma had the same picnic ware - great scores! The recipe books - priceless!