The Bestest Christmas Gift I Ever Got!

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Not all Christmases were great, mind you.

There were the ones with zippered turtlenecks from the Sears Roebuck catalog and slacks from the Robert Hall down on the avenue.

But one year, I ripped off the wrapping paper in anticipation and bugged to a brand-new chemistry set!

Exactly what I wanted!

It made me feel so grown-up to play around with the test tubes and chemicals, mixing them up in nutty ways that led to all kinds of smelly smoke and the feeling that I was somehow doing something really meaningful, even if I basically resembled some old Jerry Lewis character on a comic rampage.

I spent endless hours playing with the thing, all alone in the basement, having the time of my life and learning the utter joy of a worthwhile purchase (even if I didn't learn all that much about the actual science of chemistry).

I even bragged about it at school and got a couple of appreciative responses from the other kids.

And that wasn't the end of the creative euphoria.

The same year, I got my cousins to co-star with me in a production of Oliver Twist done in the same basement -- just for us!

We had great chemistry!



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8 comments
Isaac
Isaac

I was just 7 when I got my first chemistry set. I'll never for get the joy of making all those great stink bombs that made the whole house smell like hell for days.

Guest
Guest

I loved my chemistry set. This could be a thing,  people sitting in the coffee shop with a chemistry set instead of a laptop.

MSpeer
MSpeer

My sisters are 8-9 years older than me. There was, however, an old chemistry set of theirs from the 50s in the basement that my friends and I discovered. We made a mess but didn't blow anything up. All those little vials of chemicals. I can still smell the sulfur.

Tessie
Tessie

Something wrong with a zippered turtleneck??

Medgar
Medgar

I got a chemistry set once too!!! Loved it, but it wore out pretty quickly (literally).

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

Mine was a banana seat, banana-colored bicycle (10-speed!) I'd picked out from the Sears catalog (oh my,too expensive..$100!) ...but Santa didn't put it under the tree!

My folks, played a "mean" joke and put it in the kitchen...me?  I went straight back to bed (clued into the Santa thing...too early for the "cha-cha shoes" hissy fit...knowing I was "unloved") they got me out of bed an pointed me in the right direction...ULTIMATE HAPPINESS!

(they had to talk me into putting on real clothes to ride it)

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