Bizarre Finds—I Dreamt of Genie
Cheri: After a less than satisfactory garage sale day, I was faced with an unusual dilemma, what was the most bizarre item I found? I puzzled over this for a few days, and eventually talked it over with Lynne. She felt that it should be the genie slippers. I was surprised that she felt they were bizarre, because I thought my purchase of them was perfectly logical. You see, I am a child of the 60s and 70s. I grew up on television, and besides Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie was one of my favorite shows. I remember deciding that I wanted to be a genie when I grew up. What an awesome profession it was. If I wanted something all I had to do was cross my arms and nod my head and “poof” there it was. I remember not being so fond of Major Nelson, he seemed really stupid for an astronaut, and really wasn’t very nice to Jeannie.
Anyway, I remember thinking, all I needed was the attire. My aunt had the genie slippers and, as far as I knew she was a genie too, I never asked. But I did know that they were too big for me. I am not sure what I was going to do about the rest of the outfit because I didn’t have harem pants or the midriff shirt, but in my mind, it was the shoes that were necessary. So many years later, I came across the genie shoes and I bought them. They ended up being too big, but that was okay, because they didn’t work. I guess the genie had been worn out of them. At least I know now. And I can cross “Genie” off my list of what I want to be when I grow up.