Soda crackers? Really? They were considered a treat?
It was 1961, and Saturday night was my favorite night of the week. Because Sunday morning and Sunday School followed Saturday night… it was bath night. Everyone got scrubbed from head to toe. Then we all settled in for TV, Pepsi-Cola, and soda crackers.
My family did not watch a lot of TV during the week, but on Saturday night, we had a marathon viewing. After supper and baths, we would settle in for Lawrence Welk. As an 11 year old girl, I loved the Lennon Sisters who were on the show starting in 1955 for almost 13 years.
After that it was Perry Mason, Have Gun Will Travel, and Gunsmoke. Around 8:30 PM Mom would go out to the kitchen, open the basement door and grab one bottle of Pepsi-Cola (16 ounces). She would split it between four Tupperware glasses, open a sleeve of soda crackers, and bring it all into the living room. It was the only time we were allowed to eat in the living room. It was as good as caviar and champagne (which we had never tasted anyway) and it was the highlight of the week.
One carton of Pepsi-Cola (about sixty cents worth) would last us six weeks, unless my aunt, uncle, and cousin came over. In that case, we opened two bottles of Pepsi and a few more soda crackers. Sometimes my uncle would bring over a treat as well. He was a meat cutter and had opened his own butcher shop so he often had delicacies like trail bologna, head cheese, puddin”, tripe, or pork rinds. Those were nights to remember!
Simple times are the times we fondly remember. Sitting around in our pj’s with the family, rationing the crackers and Pepsi, watching TV.