Friday, November 9, 2012

Montgomery Wards


John and Greg were the very best of friends through mothers with a shared cause. The Woman's Movement of the 1970's gave formerly content housewives the opportunity to realize husband approved hobbies into a way to earn their own monies.


The Paint and Pallet collected together the artistic talents of the mother's friends to showcase their art for public sale. The newly built novelty Iverson Mall provided the perfect venue to attract wallets filled with cash.


The tag along eight-year-old boys occupied themselves with all the amusements the Mall had to offer, but several weekends into the Art Show, their natural curiosity got the best of them. "Will the mother's of John and Greg please report to security."


The mother's arrived to find the boys, legs dangling over institutional chairs, hands angelically clasped in their laps, ready to face their punishment.


Mirror sided columns in the store were observed by the boys opening and closing by men in suits. Waiting until the coast was clear, the boys opened the mirror themselves to discover an ascending ladder. A view of the entire store on monitors was their reward, the sound of footfalls their demise.


The fear of the law was put into the boys, a ban from ever entering Montgomery Wards hung over them for LIFE. The boys are still as close as brothers to this day, their adventures enough to fill a book. With the coming of the holiday season, I never miss an opportunity to ask my brother if he is glad Montgomery Wards has gone out of business!


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19 comments:

Sandy said...

LOL....I can just see this!!!! Your brother was a stinker! :)

Shirley Hatfield said...

Did they really ban them for life? lol! Kind of a harsh punishment for a little childish curiosity. My sister was once banned from Sam's Club for life for the crime of "sassy while being let go." =D

Ana Belli said...

Olá!!!

Magnífico trabalho, encantador, belo, parabéns......



Ótimo final de semana!!!!!!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Monkey Wards as my mother (and probably the multitudes!) used to call it! So much fun Elizabeth. Thanks for the springboard to childhood memories and also your always fun tales of your brother. So charming.

Amazing how a few paragraphs can return you in an instant to years past.

Happy Friday! Sally xo

Kim K. said...

The book that YOU and your brother could write. I'm glad you are capturing it all on your blog.

RetroSandie said...

What a cute story!!! Although at the time, it wasn't so cute!! LOL And your pix!! I could just scoop everything up, you included, in a huge happy hug!!!!!!!

Hugs, XO
Sandie

HollyC said...

I love this story! Too bad MW did go out of business. I am curious, how would MW identify your brother in order to keep him out of the store :) Love all of the happy creations! Have a wonderful night! Holly

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Funny! Reminds me so much of my own rascally boys! I never brought them shopping though but they got into so much trouble in school and church! ♥

Cindy said...

Great story! Reminds me of the first mall in our town and how excited I was.

craftyles said...

That's so funny. I remember shopping at our Montgomery Wards especially at Christmas time. What a cute story!Love your Christmas figures too!

Jane said...

We lived in a small town where Montgomery Wards, Sears, & JCPenney's were it! Sometimes even had to order from their catalogs :)

Patti M said...

Lol! Brings back memory of my own MW horror. I was a mom of a 3 yr old & 1st yr my MIL turned over fixing the thanksgiving meal. Went to MW to get an electric roaster to make turkey like home when 1/4 way down the escalator my precious son said..mommy I have to throw up...hurry set the roaster on the step......nothing else but to catch it in but my cupped hands, which of course weren't big enough...it had to be the longest escalator in the world...come to think of it I don't think I ever went back there! LOL! Have a great weekend!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

LOL! Your stories about your brother always put a smile on my face, Elizabeth! I can't help but think ~ your poor mother.

vintage grey said...

So funny! Boys will always be boys! :) Thanks for aways sharing such wonderful family stories! xo Heather

Ina said...

lol, you have the BEST stories...you AND your brother should write books. ;p

Debby said...

That's a couple of boys for you. Love those two new elves (?) they are adorable. They look like they are about to scheme up something.

vivian said...

I tell ya your brother sounds like an absolute gem! lol.. another great story
happy weekend dear friend
xoxoxo

My Vintage Mending said...

Makes you want to be about 8 years old again....just to go back and smiles a little. Love your creations it is like a big happy hug in photos...smiles..Renee

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Sooo funny! :) Love that cute little banner your snow people are holding :) Have a lovely weekend! xo Holly