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What was the original name of Alka-Seltzer's mascot, Speedy?

Teacups and Peonies

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Photo by Mary Beth Weisenburger

My daughter's wedding shower was several weeks ago. When we started planning it, the bridesmaids decided on a pink and gold color scheme. I thought it sounded beautiful and set out looking for a few trinkets to add to the decor. It wasn't long before I found an antique, pink-and-gold tea set at a garage sale. Knowing how much my daughter likes the vintage teacups and saucers passed down to her from my mom, I snapped it up. Sixteen matching teacups would be perfect for centerpieces at the shower, holding large pink and white peonies from my garden.

The peony bush in my front flower bed has grown from a "start" my mom gave me from her peony bush. And that peony bush came from a "start" of the peony bush from the farm where my mom grew up. My grandma loved tending her flowers, and peonies were among her favorites. It occurred to me when I was creating the centerpieces that the presence of these peonies would add a multigenerational flavor to the shower. Soon, I added other sentimental items to the decor: my paternal grandmother's Wedding Ring quilt, my husband's grandmother's rag quilt, my grandma's silverware, my mom's wedding goblets. We added items from the groom's side too: a collection of sweet notions that were handed down from loving ancestors who all had long and happy marriages.

My daughter was thrilled to see all of the personal mementos among her wedding shower decorations. She knew the story behind the peonies and loved seeing all of the other family treasures on display. And the garage sale tea set? It now has a special spot in the china cabinet my husband made for her college graduation. Maybe someday she will take that tea set out of the cabinet and use it at her daughter's wedding shower, filled with "farm" peonies from her own garden.

Grandma would love that. And so would I.  

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

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Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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Trivia Answer

Sparky. The mascot was created under his original name in 1951, but the name was eventually changed to coincide with Alka-Seltzer's promotional theme of offering "speedy relief."

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