I was cleaning out a closet the other day that was long overdue.
I pulled out old quilts I’d made in 4-H, old toys I’d sewn, and I even discovered this:
My good old gum wrapper chain.
I remember years ago, one of the rare nights when my sister and I had a babysitter, she taught me to make this chain. I copied the way she folded the wrappers, linked a few, but got so frustrated when I forgot how to do it the next day. Thankfully, I was able to figure it out, and for years thereafter I faithfully increased its length.
Small as they are, the wrappers do bring back memories. Beech Nut … lots of Juicy Fruit … remember Fruit Stripe gum, with the cute little zebra?
I remember a gum flavored like ice cream – chocolate, strawberry, vanilla – it had stripes as well. Does this ring a bell to anyone else? Even at the time, I remember kind of cringing at the idea of chocolate stripe gum. I can still taste the powdery coating on it. Maybe this is it?
My girls are fascinated by the gum wrapper chain, but alas – most gum today doesn’t have wrappers. No, it comes in little foil packs or small paper wrappers totally unsuited to such extravagant crafts as we made back in the 1970s …
Did you have a gum wrapper chain? Whatever became of it?