So, tonight at my parents’ house for dinner, where I go each Sunday with the kids, we got to talking about home remedies. It started because while I was in San Diego, my team and I sat around talking about what their parents would give them – for everything. One guy had cod liver oil, another had something else, to be honest, a lot of beer had been drunk that night, so I don’t remember it all. But I do remember the horrified looks when I told them about one of my grandmother’s remedies – one she gave to my mother and my aunts. For a sore throat, a spoonful of Vaseline with sugar on it was the norm.
I mentioned this to my mother, and she started telling me about other things, which then brought up the point that most drugs that are illegal today, weren’t until the 1930’s or thereabouts. She dug this up to point out some other things either she, her friends, or my grandmother had been given. Probably my great-grandmother, but we have no way of knowing – she left her husband and daughter (my Grammy) to run away with another man when my grandmother was a baby.
Anyway, I’m sure this isn’t the first time this is out there, and I wish I knew who to credit it to, but I got such a chuckle, I thought I’d share. Of course, this is also one way of stalling with the scene I’m writing, as it’s not going as smoothly as I’d hoped. And oddly enough, I have a story idea for some of this, but I doubt anything will come of it. One of those “sounded like a good idea at the time” sort of things.
WHY OUR GREAT-GRANDPARENTS WERE SOOO HAPPY
Why Our Great-Grandparents Have Such Fond Memories Of Their Youth…I’m surprised that they could remember anything!!
A bottle of Bayer’s ‘Heroin’
Coca Wine, anyone?
A paper weight
Opium for Asthma
Cocaine Tablets (1900)
Cocaine drops for toothache
Opium for new-borns
It’s no wonder they were called, ‘The Good Old Days’!! From cradle to grave … Everyone Was Stoned!!!