|"Popeye and Olive Oil" Salt and Pepper Shakers, excellent Cond. 1980 KFS, Inc.|
There is strength in self acceptance. By giving ourselves as much room to grow and make mistakes as we give others, we gain strength to overcome our own weaknesses. It is only when we learn to love and accept ourselves that we learn how to give love to others.
Our prisons are full of people with low self-esteem and self
loathing; people who never experienced unconditional love and acceptance. Self
acceptance is not wallowing in a life of crime and degradation “because this is
what or who I am.” Self acceptance is recognizing our humanity and being
patient with ourselves as we overcome weaknesses, temptations, and human
frailty. In other words, we give ourselves "room to grow."
|"Inlaid Puzzle" Jaymar, Shows Popeye eating his Spinach to prepare for Brutus in the background.|
Popeye embraces all of that as he stumbles through life open to anything and everything. He is naive. He is trusting. He turns a blind eye to evil (Brutus) and unwittingly becomes evil’s “patsy.” He fights for truth and justice for his true love, Olive Oil (or is it Oyl?), and for his Sweet Pea.
Like Robin Hood, he fights for the poor, the downtrodden, and the
weak. He is a muscle-packing hero weakened only by his failure to eat his spinach.
When I was younger, my father convinced me that I could be as strong as Pop-eye
if only I’d swallow that green, slimy stuff on my plate he called spinach.
|"Popeye Spinach dish" (for trinkets or candy), with lid. 1990 KFS, Inc.|
Later in life, a grandson’s imitation of the Sailor Man, prompted my fascination with everything Popeye. Somehow collecting Popeye memorabilia brought my father closer. I can still see him reading Popeye comic books for fun and relaxation after work.
When Dad came home, he was covered in welder’s black from
head to toe. But once he’d had his bath and “supper,” he’d relax in his chair
with the comics. His favorites: Dick Tracy, Alley Oop, and Popeye in that
order. Dad helped weld the Alaskan Pipeline, using Arc Welding which later
proved detrimental to his health.
Five men where he worked ended up with Parkinson’s disease from
using the Arc Welding equipment. None of them were blood relatives. Research concluded that their
Parkinson’s was a direct result of using the equipment. Later, other welders wore the proper
protection which provided some measure of safety.
|"Popeye and Olive Oil" Twister dolls large; perfect condition, KFS, Inc. BRONCO CD, 1978|
|"Large Olive Oil with movable arms and head" 1991 KFS, Inc. |
made in Philippines
|"Olive Oil" hand puppet, 1/31/57 PERFECT|
Thanks to my father and later my grandson, Dane, I started my own Popeye collection until space and several moves curtailed that pastime. My small collection will soon be for sale on my Etsy site at http://www.etsy.com/people/AnfinsenArt
|"Matchbox Character Series N213" 1980 KFS, Inc. made in Hong Kong; Logos worn off|