Cherished Moments

Yesterday was a good day! I am SO excited about my new online shop! I went to Goodwill and had fun sifting through the racks and racks of clothes, looking for top name brands that were on sale and were in excellent or very good condition.

We have many Goodwill stores here in town, but I chose the largest one. I knew that I would not get through the whole store, so I concentrated just on shorts and tops. It was a lot of fun because I got to look at clothes that weren’t just in my size! With this business, I can actually LOOK AT and PURCHASE tiny size 2’s and 4’s, that I would never be able to wear!

I have washed what I could. I realized after I got home that one top is “Dry Clean Only”. Oops! That was a lesson for my future inventory shopping. A couple of others said, “Hand Wash”. I don’t like to do that, but I will.

Next, I will iron them and get them ready to be listed. My plan is to list from my own closet, as well. But, I also wanted to have some fun and purchase some more “top of the line” name brands that I, personally, don’t have in my own closet! Plus…. it gave me an excuse to shop! Shopping makes me happy! 🙂


 

Journal Entry: Thursday – January 8, 2015

Yesterday, was a pretty good day. I did some errands in town and then headed to the other side of the river, in Alabama, to go visit my mom. 

My mom lived in a nursing home at this time, due to a stroke that she had in November of 2005. When she was there, I made weekly visits to go see her and handle her needs.

Before I headed over there, I realized that it was about lunch time and I knew that she would be in the dining room, eating lunch. The dining room at that place was SO crowded and was not very visitor friendly! I always tried to avoid going at that time. 

I remembered that I had a gift card for Subway, so I stopped in there to have lunch and kill time and then, headed to see my mom. By this time, my mom was back in her room. We had a nice visit. (Not all of them, were!) 

One of the things that I was thankful for, with my mom, was that her long-term memory was SO GOOD! I loved to just sit and talk with her about the past. I loved hearing stories of her childhood and teen years. Stories of her and my daddy before I was born. And stories of when I was little. I tried to write down as much as I could when she would share something with me that I had never heard before. Today, was one of those days!

We got on the subject of my daddy. I found out WHERE they got engaged! That was something that I never knew. 

My daddy had the ring in his pocket and had planned to ask my mom to marry him, but couldn’t decide when the right time would be. Apparently, they were driving down this one road …. which is a MAJOR road now!… heading to my mom’s house, where she lived with my grandparents. 

My mom said that they were just driving along, heading to her house, when my dad pulled the car off to the side of the road at an intersection. She said, “What are we stopping for?” He then, pulled out the ring and gave it to her, right there on the side of the road, in the car!! She said that he never really “asked” her to marry him. (This is funny, because Hubs never really “asked” me, either!) 

Apparently… my grandfather was NOT too happy that my daddy didn’t ask his permission first! (I think my mom pointed this out to my dad!) So, now he had to go to my mom’s house and get up the nerve to actually “ask” my grandfather if he could marry her.

This warmed my heart so much (and still does!) because I now live in the same city where all this took place. That intersection is nowhere near the same because of all the growth the city has done, but “I” know EXACTLY where my parents became engaged, and I think about it every time I pass by there! 

My mom also told me about how her daddy would flag down the train in the little town that they lived in (the same one that I now live in!), so that my mom and her friends could catch it to ride it into the city. The train was called the “Man of War”. It went from Atlanta to Columbus, and then back again. 

I absolutely LOVE family history stuff!! I sure hope my girls are interested in it, later in their lives. 

I wish I had kept a journal during all the years that they were little. Of course… I do have a whole lot of scrapbooks that I made. Thankfully, we have videos from when they were little, as well. 

 

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This is a laminated copy of my mom & dad’s newspaper announcement. – June 1954