Something Special

Well, let's see. He's going to be 42 this coming year so I would say he was around 7 or 8 when this happened and my daughter was 11 or 12.

The three of us had gone to "the Mall". In the Mall was a store called McCrory's, a five and dime that sold a myriad of merchandise including clothing, penny candy, toys, knickknacks, housewares, cosmetics, fabrics and notions. So there we daughter, my son and I...and it was right before Christmas.

We didn't have a lot of money back then but we had each other...always.  They were so happy that I took them shopping at "the Mall", which was a big treat for them.  Honestly, the only time we splurged on anything was when I got my income tax refund, so this was a big deal!

Telling me to wait on the bench outside the store, my kids, allowance in hand, went in to the department store. Moments later they appeared clutching the plain brown paper bags ...both of them beaming from ear to ear. When I asked what they bought, their response was "something."

So each and every year since that Christmas, that something, their gift, gets put out.

You can see why, right?

May you have the Merriest Christmas!! 
Merry Christmas

just seeing, saying and sharing...

Something Special

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Gayle said…
So special. You took me back in time. For us it was Murphy Mart.
eileeninmd said…
Hello, Jo!

Sweet story and a lovely memory. Christmas memories are some of the best. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day! Merry Christmas to you and your family.
NanaDiana said…
Oh- I bet it kind of puts a lump in your throat every time you pull it out of storage. So very sweet. I remember those days, too. xo Diana
DebbieM said…
Very nice story and memories! Adorable gift. My Mom took me to downtown Pittsburgh every year to have lunch at McCrorys. It was downstairs below the big wide staircase in a really old building. We had the same waitress every year, she had a pink uniform with little apron and her hair was always in an up do like Flo. I can see her face, but can't remember her name. She always gave me a treat before we left. Wonderful memories!
Susie said…
JP, I love your gift. It surely means the world to you. I can remember buying our mother a gift...after she gave us 50 cents, at the five and dime. :):) It had to be the worst perfume ever. A wee bottle tied to a bell shaped ornament.:) Blessings to you and your family for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. xoxo, Susie
MadSnapper said…
I have a ring that my son paid a quarter for at a garage sale. I had to wear it to work the next day. I will find and take a photo. I loved McCrory's, and did most of my toy shopping there.
Some gifts never lose their magic.
Ann said…
The gifts we get from our children when they are young are the best ones. I remember McCrory's
Lovely to read, and very special to.
Merry Christmas Wishes to you and yours.

All the best Jan

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