Thursday, April 24, 2014

GREASY RAGS AND WAVE SET


Today I had my car serviced and when I stepped into the garage the smell of greasy rags, and seeing all the "stuff" in a repair shop brought back the memories of my Dad's Radiator and Repair Shop in the 40's.
 

Greasy floors and rags, tools everywhere you looked just made me remember how my Dad smelled when he would come home dead tired from work, and lay down on the floor.


That's when little Wanda would come in with "wave set" (anyone old enough to remember wave set) and a rattail comb and begin the beauty treatment of my dad full head of black hair. 
Mother would say from the kitchen, "Wanda, get off your dad and leave him alone, he's tired and hungry."  To which my dad would answer every time.   "Leave her alone, it feels so good ~ I'll take a shower before dinner."   

Today, as I stood in that shop to pick up my car....all these wonderful memories and smells rushed over me.  Aren't memories the greatest thing...he's been gone almost 50 years...and it was like yesterday.

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  1. oh what a sweet picture that painted in my mind, wonderful memories of your Dad, great photos!!!

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    1. Isn't it funny, as artists...we think in paintings, don't we?

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  2. Aaaaaah, I love this memory you have of your dad. My dad did lots of carpentry, so I have a deep fondness for the smell of sawdust. We never know what is going to be a special memory, do we?

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    1. Isn't that the truth...Actually, I like the smell of sawdust too. Earthy....

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  3. Aw..love this! I used to comb my dad's hair, too. I can still smell his scalp. :) He has a crew cut, though, so there was no need for Wave. lol.... Actually there wasn't even need for a comb!

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    1. Another sweet moment for us little girls and our dads. I can still smell the wave set too, sweet and green and slimy. Yuk. But you could sure make waves.

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  4. How wonderful to have such good memories ! I remember wave set ! I never knew my father ~ not even his name. There is a real shortage of father figures in my family ~ which explains why we are all so crazy about Louis Dean ! Praise God my grandchildren will have memories of a loving grandfather ! You are so blessed and you KNOW it! I think that is awesome !

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    1. As I've got to know you, I can see how loved LD is in your family. That's so special. My dad passed away at 57, so my childhood memories are the best. I did not grow up with grandparents, they all had passed before I was born, or shortly after. Maybe that's why I try so hard to be a good granny.

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  5. Oh yes- I know just what you mean. My Dad died in 1971 and the smell of Old Spice always brings me right back to the side of his armchair. Weren't we blessed to have such precious Dads? xo Diana

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    1. Oh Diana...that's so cool...when my Dad wasn't greasy from work, he used Old Spice... I still love it.

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  6. What a nice post, Wanda. I'm glad you have a good memory of your dad. Such a sweet tribute to him.
    Bless you.
    Debbie
    xo

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. Hadn't thought of this one in years...that smell did it. And I remembered the old picture I had.

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  7. Wonderful old pictures and lovely old memories recalled.

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    1. Thanks Dave...did you get your picture problem worked out?

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  8. Oh Wanda, what precious memories! Don't you love how you can smell something and it brings a wave of history :)

    I must confess that I don't know what a wave set it. . .

    Hugs to you, sweet lady!

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    1. Stephanie, wave set, was green, slimy, but when you put some in your hair, you could comb a wave, and when it dried...that wave was there to stay until wash out. google it sometime... HaHa

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  9. Wanda, I have wonderful memories of my dad coming home smelling of grease. I think of him everyday when I come to work in the shop that he opened in 1957.

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    1. When it's on your dad...it's not a bad smell. I was in High School in 1957, where is your shop?

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  10. My memory of my dad's smell is stale cigarettes. He smoked non-stop. Sometimes a guy will come into the library smelling of that and it just smells of my dad. I'm taken back to my childhood instantly. Isn't it amazing what your memory does? Thanks for this post about your dad.

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  11. That is truly a beautiful memory of your dad.
    How you must cherish it.

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  12. I do that, smell something and it takes me back to a child. One is beef stroganoff. It reminds me of a day care I went to when I was 5 or so.

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