What five things should I put in my time capsule for Calpurnia in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Eyeglasses.  Apparently Cal never wore glasses, but she certainly needed them since she was nearsighted and "squinted" all of the time.

Syrup Bottle.  Scout learned one of her greatest lessons when Calpurnia dragged her from the kitchen after rudely criticizing her dinner guest, Walter Cunningham Jr.

"... he's gone and drowned his dinner in syrup," I protested. "He's poured it all over..."  (Chapter 3)

Scout learned that "anybody sets foot in this house's yo' comp'ny, and don't let me catch you remarkin' on their ways like you was so high and mighty!"

Cracklin' Bread.  Scout's favorite food is crackling bread, and Cal makes up to her after her lecture about Walter by popping a piece in her mouth after Scout's disastrous first day at school.

"Shut your eyes and open your mouth and I'll give you a big surprise."  (Chapter 3)

Apron.  Calpurnia was rarely without the trademark of a good housekeeper--her apron.

Octagon Soap.  Scout says she was never washed more thoroughly than on the night before she and Jem joined Cal at the First Purchase Church.

... she made me soap all over twice... she stuck my head in the basin and washed it with Octagon soap and castile.  (Chapter 12)

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