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Trivia Question

In which 1953 movie did Bing Crosby play a war correspondent stationed in Paris during World War II?

Made to Last

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At a recent gathering, my siblings and I, along with their spouses and children, enjoyed a scavenger hunt that took us throughout our childhood home and yard, searching for answers to clues about our memories and escapades of long ago. It was a lighthearted way to emotionally prepare for the eventual sale of the cherished place where my mom still lives. One of the clues was this: "They were first in the kitchen, painted dark red, then they kept her tomato juice here instead."

Without much hesitation, my brothers and sister were able to zero in on the old cabinets in my mom's laundry room. There they hang, still painted dark red, but no longer housing all the preserves my mom used to "put up" every summer and fall way back when. The cupboards were still in decent shape because they were crafted in the Good Old Days and made to last. But they were demoted to the laundry room in the early 1970s when my parents splurged on a new kitchen with dark, smooth cherry cabinets and a peninsula area where my sister and I liked to sit, even though it wasn't designed for that purpose. With a smile, I recall how the whole family was excited about the remodeled kitchen, complete with updated appliances that made my mom's life so much easier. We kids came home from school every day, anxious to see the progress on the demolition and installation. We had never experienced anything like it in our old house! We were almost as thrilled as our mom was.

Now, 40-plus years later, I bustle about that same kitchen, helping my mom with meals, and I realize how much wear and tear the "new" kitchen cabinets are now showing. The finish is worn in many places and the hinges could be replaced. A couple of the doors are splitting. But the old painted cabinets two rooms away? They look exactly the same. They were crafted in the Good Old Days and made to last.

'Til next time,

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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

Little Boy Lost. The film was based on a novel of the same name by Marghanita Laski. The film won a Golden Globe Award for Best Film Promoting International Understanding.

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