Friday, December 29, 2017

What Santa Brought

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Was Santa good to you this year?  He was to me.  He brought me something I have wanted since I was 11 years old. A lava lamp.

YES, a Lava Lamp!

My friend Cherie either got one for her birthday or Christmas and I remember going over to her house and we sat there for a long time watching that goop go up and down and up and down making odd shapes. It was mesmerizing. I wanted one too.

My mother grew up in England with open fireplaces and had a terrible fear of fire.  She used to go around the house at night and unplug everything "just in case." She would come into my room, unplug my radio and I'd pretend to be asleep.  As soon as she left, I'd plug it back in and listen to music.

Mum was convinced that lava lamps were a FIRE HAZARD.  Of course, they had to be. They got WARM so that the goopy "lava" would go up and down.

So, I never got a lava lamp.

Until Monday.

Weeeeee!  Although ... I haven't actually plugged it in yet.  Mr. L thinks we should have it in the pub, where we spent winter evenings. I'm thinking I'd like it in my office so I can watch the goop go up and down inbetween writing a sentence or two.

Maybe we just need to get another lava lamp!

What did Santa bring you this year?
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