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Your friend Tina Mac

I, too have some memories that I want to remain vivid and bright. My mom passed a few years ago. I can still hear her and feel her rubbing my face or my hair. Even when I became older and I was troubled, I would go see her, and lay down with my head on her lap. She would help me to calm down so I could then put things in perspective. She always had a special perfume and how I loved that smell. There is a wonderful lady who goes to our church. She wears this perfume and knows it reminds me of my mom. She give me the biggest hug on Sundays and say just smell. I do an those warm feels come to my mind.

Sorry I am rambling but your question really made me start thinking of this. By the way - that picture of you is absolutely gorgeous. I could just hug that little one.

Happy belated Thanksgiving & take care.

Nicole LeBlanc

Well weren't you the cutest little thing :) I have so many memories of this time of year but the one that sticks out for me is my Godmother would move to Florida every October for the Winter and she would send us a case of Florida orange for the Holidays it would arrive the week before Christmas so we were able to enjoy them throughout the season and when she passed away on Christimas Eve (which was always her favorite day of the year) we kept that last box of orange and now have keepsakes in it, I don't think I can ever part with that box because the little holiday message is still on the box from her.
Thanks for always making think of the many blessings in my life, knowing you is surely one of them :)
Luv Nicole

Cathy Vargen

Loved your post - my memory is quite similar to yours. I grew up 1/2 hour from San Francisco so my mom, dad, brother and I would always spend one day Christmas shopping in the City. My favorite store was City of Paris where the Christmas tree in the store would span up to three levels in the center of the store - it was breathtaking! After a day of shopping we would have dinner in the Tonga Room in the Fairmont Hotel - it would "rain" inside in a large circle in the center of the restaurant and it was the most exciting thing to be eating my fried prawns with the rain coming down! :D Special, special memories!! :D ~Cathy

Cathy Vargen

Loved your post - my memory is quite similar to yours. I grew up 1/2 hour from San Francisco so my mom, dad, brother and I would always spend one day Christmas shopping in the City. My favorite store was City of Paris where the Christmas tree in the store would span up to three levels in the center of the store - it was breathtaking! After a day of shopping we would have dinner in the Tonga Room in the Fairmont Hotel - it would "rain" inside in a large circle in the center of the restaurant and it was the most exciting thing to be eating my fried prawns with the rain coming down! :D Special, special memories!! :D ~Cathy

Shirley Karnos

Is Wanamaker's still around? Or is it now a Lord & Taylor's? I seem to recall having training for work in downtown Philadelphia in a building called the Wanamaker Building with architecture very similar to what you're describing . . . During breaks we'd hear an organ playing!

Peggy Lucas

What a wonderful memory - thanks for sharing it.

Heather Ferris

It's so good to hear the names of those old department stores! I was born in Philadelphia and grew up just outside of the city. I loved going to Wanamakers w/ my grandmother for lunch. I always ordered the "Texas Tommy" - a hot dog, slit down the side w/ cheese melted in it. Lord & Taylor had a restaurant upstairs that they called "The Bird Cage". My g.m. took me there too. I miss her so much. I also remember having my picture taken at the photography studio in Strawbridges, wow, talk about a blast from the past. Thanks for reminding me of these places. Happy Holidays to you & yours.

Heather Ferris

It's so good to hear the names of those old department stores! I was born in Philadelphia and grew up just outside of the city. I loved going to Wanamakers w/ my grandmother for lunch. I always ordered the "Texas Tommy" - a hot dog, slit down the side w/ cheese melted in it. Lord & Taylor had a restaurant upstairs that they called "The Bird Cage". My g.m. took me there too. I miss her so much. I also remember having my picture taken at the photography studio in Strawbridges, wow, talk about a blast from the past. Thanks for reminding me of these places. Happy Holidays to you & yours.

Leslie McF

Carol, thanks for the memories - I loved taking the train downtown, especially at Christmas. I had many a lunch at Wanamakers with my grandmother. What a fun post.
Leslie, your Olney buddy

vicki

Thanks for sharing your memories. I too have great memories from little excursions with my grandmother. Do you think that dressing up is what made so many things "more special"? Because I too remember trips to Lord and Taylor where we would lunch as well and everyone always dressed "to the 9's" (as grandma would say). And the Lord and Taylor (or was it Garfinkles?) here too was multi-story with Marble and chandeliers and a magnificent tree..... hmmm I think I need to call Mom to remind her of those trips... thanks again for bring back those great memories..

Barbara Harmor

This brings back memories too...I lived in Phily when the kids were young and Wanamakers was and is a magical place. Thanks for refreshing my mind:-)
Barbara

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