Thursday, June 3, 2010

Go Ask Marybelle

So this lady - the one dressed up like Alice in Wonderland - she walks in on me one afternoon in the middle of my bath. I said, do you mind? I'm trying to have a little spa break here - it'd been a really long, long day. It's hard being a little kid, you know. Or maybe you don't. And so, so boring, too - playpens aren't exactly a whirlwind of excitement. And trying to tell people what's on your mind? Oh, forget it. They never understand!

Alice decided to butter me up and paid me a compliment  - oh, you have such a lovely complexion, she says. And I wanted to reciprocate but really, this gal did not have a peaches and cream thing going on. I guess you'd call her complexion more - pineapple and cottage cheese, really. But you can't say it to someone.

But a hint about skin care? It would not be amiss, I thought. I held up the bar of Ivory Soap and - well, what I said to her was, "You know, missy, you really ought to make friends with something along these lines." But apparently what came out of my mouth was - and I quote - "Glubb - dabo - figgl!"

I want you to know, for the record - I did not say anything so ridiculous. I don't even know what 'glubb dabo figgl' is supposed to mean. Maybe it's Esperanto or something. Maybe Alice had water in her ear, since I was splashing around a lot (I know that Mother gets pretty saturated when she lends me a hand, so there you go).

Alice claims it meant 'go see my doctor, on the double' and she did that. He probably said Ivory was fine, why not, what are you wasting my time for young lady, go wash your face.

Next thing we know, Alice is married to some Navy guy and I'm the flower girl and I'm six years old. Took her awhile, I guess. Think of all the cases of Ivory she went through! And me? Exhausted. And if Alice comes over asking me for marital advice, please tell her I'm out jumping rope.

[From LiveJournal - the ad is nice and big over there, by the way. I'm guessing that this is from the 1940s, judging from Alice's hair and clothes and the naval wedding thing.]

12 comments:

DrJulieAnn said...

It must be "good hygiene day" because my blog featured an educational film from 1948 on good grooming!

Maybe the baby stars in a television show. You know how babies suddenly skip those terrible twos on those shows.

Bossy Betty said...

Ivory. Oh. Doctor. What does the smell of Ivory make me want to vomit? Hummmm...I think I'll go ask Alice.

Barbara said...

Esperanto! LOL!

Lidian said...

Dr JulieAnn - Yes, it must be Good Hygiene Day!

Betty - Yes, Alice is an expert now!

Barbara - Not that I know anything about Esperanto...

Tori Lennox said...

Hmm. I wonder if I could hook a Navy man if I started using Ivory Soap.....

LaVonne said...

It says June 1943 right at the top of the page.

James MacAdam said...

I have to admit it: that baby is adorable! Hopefully she didn't grow up to be Lindsay Lohan.

vanilla said...

Always a laugh at "Kitchen Retro." And thus there is a little something for you over at my place.

imelda said...

its funny they sport things this way then. but they myst be good because they are coming back now , not all of course

Relax Max said...

I have enjoyed every post of yours I have ever read. True, I have read something less than 800, because I didn't meet you that long ago. You are so smart and have a delightful sense of humor. And a poet. A renaissance woman. Leonardo Da Vinci comes to mind. Perhaps I mean Leonardo DiCaprio. One of those guys. I understand your need to inject a little change in your blogging life. Whatever it turns out to be I'm sure will be fantastic.

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