G is for Glass Bottles

There was a tin milk carton sitting on the back stoop of our home. The milkman drove down the street and delivered glass quart bottles of fresh milk and butter and sometimes eggs. He picked up the empties my mom left in the box, clean and ready for a trade. The filled bottles had a cardboard top. My sisters and I grabbed for the tops when the milk bottle was finished. We spun them. When I think of it, milkman delivery was a good deal. Mom got essential groceries, and the kids got a cheap toy.

My theme for the 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling. 

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The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
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Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

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    1. Yes, plastics are a HUGE problem. Going back to heavy glass may be worth the added expense and heating. No easy solutions.

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  1. I did not drink out of a glass milk bottle but i recall a birthday party game called Drop the Clothespin in the Milk Bottle. You kneel on a chair on try do trop the clothespin directly into the narrow milk bottle on the ground. Sounds very quaint but I was rather competitive about the game. I guess someone drank from the milk bottle!

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  2. I’m saving your prompts to ask the grandchildren… not sure I can use glass as they are too young to understand and know that we used to even have milk delivered… but maybe their parents can chime in on this one. I’m enjoying your prompts.

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  3. My dad was a milkman for a few years out of college, but when I was a kid milk delivery was unheard of, except one year when we lived in Ireland. The jays would peck through foil cap on the top of the bottles and get at the cream on top. But now milk delivery is back, at least a bit. A handful of houses in our neighborhood have the metal boxes on the front porch. (I still buy mine at the supermarket, though.)
    G is for Glowing

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