This is a special memory from my own childhood.
Last week I told you about waiting for my Winky Dink kit to arrive while sitting in the kitchen in front of the green sink and watching the clock. Sarah, one of my Grandma Blog Buddies at Magnolia Surprise commented on the fact we had a green sink. I told her that sink deserved its own post.
It wasn’t just any green sink. It was a brand new 1956 Frigidaire sink and dishwasher combination. Yes, I said dishwasher. I remember that sink and everything about it! Daddy worked for Consumers Power Company, which is the electrical company for Michigan. This meant our house was always electric! It also meant that he got discounts on appliances and things. That old house was built in the 1890s and Dad was slowly remodeling it. He had already replaced the back porch and the furnace and was working on the kitchen. He put in a big new picture window where the old small paned one used to be. It made the kitchen so much lighter. I almost remember the white sink that he replaced next.
The whole family went to some appliance store in Jackson and they spent hours picking it out. Hours as in my sister and I were very bored! Hours as in all they did was argue about which one to get. The fun part was going to Jackson meant we got to go out for dinner. There was this cafeteria in Jackson and it was my favorite place to go eat.
Getting the new sink installed wasn’t a peaceful event. Judy and I wanted to stay and watch. We would have gladly helped but it got loud. We knew when it was smart to get out of the house and find somewhere else to play. My mother was certain Daddy wasn’t doing things right. She wasn’t an easy person to please and at some point, he became so frustrated that he threw his hammer and dented our brand new green sink and dishwasher. I know that is how it was dented because my mother never forgot anything and she would tell anyone who walked into the kitchen, “That is where Glen got mad and threw his hammer.”
I want to thank Robert Seger at Automaticwasher for giving me permission to share this photo.
This is exactly what our new sink and dishwasher looked like. I visited that old house in 1971 and that sink and dishwasher were still there but the dishwasher no longer worked. I can’t wait to go back and visit that house again and see how different that kitchen looks now.