In the summer of 1969 my Dad accepted a new position and this required relocating to California from Oregon. A scary prospect for a 2nd grader. Mom and Dad went down on a short trip to find a house and when they came home, they had a pile of cool stuff as a treat for me. They told of this nice little town where we to live and the neat dime store where they found all of my presents. It was hard to leave all of my "lifelong" friends but mom and dad were not lying about the 5 & Dime. I spent all of my allowance there for years.
Of all of the loot that my folks brought back to Oregon that summer, I only remember that "Gold Rocks" gum was included. It was a favorite of mine for years.
Somehow, I lost track of it over time (did it stop getting sold in my area perhaps?) until the other day when my son came back from the store with, you guessed it, a bag. It brought back a flood of my childhood memories of August 1969 and the "Summer of Love" in Marin County, California.
Mike from Oregon
I loved Gold Mine Bubble Gum! The little 'gold' nuggets of gum jiggling around in that draw-string sack! I remember opening the sack, shaking out a couple of 'nuggets' at a time, all the while knowing what I was resisting to do next. But I did it: I put the entire gold mine of nuggets into my mouth all at once! I could hardly chew them all, let alone understand why I had done such a thing! I told my mother what I had done. I will never forget her response: "Honey, you never want to spend all of your gold at the same time!" From that day on, I used to buy my Gold Mine Bubble Gum and chew it one golden nugget at a time! :)
Cher from Illinois
My mother and I would walk together every morning, her to the train station to go work and me to school, and pass corner stationery store. She would hand me a dime and send me in for the newspaper. That cost just 6￠, and I could keep the change! That meant I could buy candy!! Turkish taffy, kits, B-b-bats, gum shaped like gold nuggets and more (a whole case!) Then it was off to school for me with my candy and her to work with her newspaper. I would have to wait until after school to eat the candy, but it would last until dinner. They were all so chewy and they would stick to your teeth. Our generation had some tough candy and strong teeth! A Sugar Daddy could last a whole day -- maybe two!! I'll never forget my walks with mom, knowing she was the best because she let me keep the change. The thrill of having 3￠ and getting to make such important decisions (LOL) was a good lesson in making purchases, smart choices (long lasting candy), and dealing with people. Thanks Mom! Thanks candy!
Catherine from New York