My parents were avid smokers growing up. In fact, that’s what ultimately did my mother in. She had lung cancer which had progressed into her brain before she was able to get to the doctor and have herself checked. Back when my mom was growing up smoking was considered glamorous and socially acceptable. Even on TV programs like one of my favorites “I Love Lucy” they showed smoking nonchalantly.
so to have my parents grow up the way they did was totally ‘normal’, I guess. Smoking was never my thing though, I mean I tried it of course (what kid doesn’t?) back when I was in middle school, but it made me vomit and I never did it again.
One Mother’s day I remember calling my mom to wish her a happy day and she said something I’ll obviously never forget. She said “You know, I was just sitting here thinking about something that’s so interesting. When I was pregnant with your brother and sister I didn’t smoke one time…and they smoke. Then when I was pregnant with you I smoked the entire pregnancy and you don’t smoke. Isn’t that funny?”
Uh… define the word ‘funny’ mom.. although maybe that is the reason why I never had the desire to take up the habit. It also could be the reason why I fell behind so much in school, had an awful stutter and lisp as a child and still have a hard time focusing. But anyways, as usual I’ve gotten way way WAY off track.
Back in the day when smoking was more socially acceptable you could collect ‘points’ on every carton of cigarette to earn prizes. My mom could have probably purchased a car with all the points she collected (sarcasm of course but not too far off from the truth) She would give me some of the gifts occasionally such as calendars, address books, wearing apparel. Nicely made items but still little commercials for their products. Mom meant well giving me these so I would never slight her for it. She would also accumulate points for breakfast cereals and drink mixes to also get prizes in the mail so cigarettes weren’t the only thing she collected points for. Well in the records I was going through it looks like “Lucky Strike” also had something to offer for purchasing a certain amount of their product. Imagine, lighting up a cigarette, kicking back and listening to these tunes on a midsummer’s night.
I don’t think you can get these types of things anymore since the tobacco companies are under constant scrutiny. Not that that’s a bad thing at all….