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for whom the liberty bell tolls

by michele at 09:06 AM on February 21, 2002

The FBI is probing an apparent threat to the Liberty Bell. Which reminds me of a story.

It was the 70's and colonial was all the rage in decorating. It must have been around the bicentennial. Everyone had dark wood furniture with red, white and blue slipcovers and colonial American artifacts placed around the house. Ok, maybe not everyone. But my mother did.

We had brick walls in the kitchen. Yes, brick walls. On one wall, in between the sink and the fridge, hung several of these colonial artifacts. A framed copy of the Declaration of Independence, a map of the colonies, and a 3-D replica of the Liberty Bell, mounted on a piece of wood.

My grandmother was over the house often. Grandma was crotchety and old and never had anything nice to say to my mother. She critcized her housekeeping, her parenting skills and her cooking on a daily basis. So one day she was over, standing in the kitchen and commenting to my mother on how messy the house was, how she never kept anything nice, how everything she touched turned to crap. Grandma then turned and pointed to the Liberty Bell replica.

"See," she said. "This is what I mean. That thing has had a crack in it since you got it. Get it fixed."

Yes, she was serious.

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Did your mom manage to keep a straight face??
i laughed so hard it hurt just reading about it...

by Jen at February 21, 2002 9:56 AM

Having been born during America's bicentennial year (1976), I've spent my life surrounded by colonial merchandise. At any one moment, there'd be half a dozen replicas of the decleration of independence somewhere in our house. My grandfather, an avid coin collector but forgetful man, for just about every birthday (to this day), would give me a 1976 Mint Proof Set (a proof version of each coin demomination minted that year). I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do with 25 1976 Mint Proof Sets, but, if I ever need really the money, I know I've always got about $17 in change I can scrounge together.

by mg at February 21, 2002 6:02 PM

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