by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
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.
Maybe we just need to get another lava lamp!
What did Santa bring you this year?