This is a holy day for much of the Christian world, where many hold fast to ancient doctrines Bless them all
For some, especially those caught in the weirdness that we call American politics, it’s just another day to hammer the other side with another sneaky insult It’s a shame, because the Easter season offers a quiet chance to savor precious memories
Did that mean your parents put you in the car and drove to the big city center, like Portland, Bangor, Lewiston, or Boston? If you lived in a city, did you go downtown on a streetcar that was shaking and shaking as you walked through traffic?
Here’s an extra credit question. Did your mother wear white cotton gloves? Where was she wearing them?
Once you arrived, did your mom or dad show you into a wonderful old fashioned department store?
Did you take an elevator to reach the floor where the children’s clothes lived? Do you remember a nice lady in uniform who ran the elevator and called items to each floor?
I remember my mother asking the saleswoman for pants (always pants, never pants) that could fit in the middle of a tubby little boy. You could look at aisle three, where we keep the sizes ” husky ”, she said
For the girls, did they lead you down an aisle with shelves full of bright, ruffled outfits? Was there a conversation between your parents and the saleswoman about the costume you should wear? Have you ever been asked for your opinion?
Here’s another extra credit question Have you visited the shoe department where the seller measured your foot and released a selection of stiff, uncomfortable shoes? Then he led you over to a tall, tall, dark colored cabinet and told you to get on a platform and put your feet in a slit?
As you stood on the front porch, you could peek into a viewer to see shiny green images of your feet inside the shoes
I remember the salesperson used a pointer to show mom how the shoes he chose fit perfectly
Of course, no one said anything about the device, called a fluoroscope It used X-rays to light up your feet Besides showing your feet and shoes, you, your parents and most importantly Mr. shoe salesman, were exposed to tons of radiation
Think about it for a minute When the dentist takes an x-ray of your teeth, you are given a lead lined blanket to cover your waist to prevent radiation exposure Not so in the shoe store
In our neighborhood we spent many happy Saturday afternoons in a movie theater There was a fluoroscope in the shoe store next door They would let us try it on and we were laughing watching our toes wiggle For a some reason, these machines disappeared in the mid 1950s. Wondering why?
The newspaper where I spent my adult years writing thousands of stories had a recreation area where they had an annual Easter egg hunt for our children
It was fun, but not really a hunt Volunteers dressed in bunny costumes laid hundreds of plastic eggs in the grass At the appointed time, the rabbits lined up the kindergarten children, left dropped a ribbon and moved away as the kids scrambled to collect eggs and stuff them into their baskets
I remember a girl who was not interested in the egg hunt She would just follow other kids who waited for an egg to fall from their basket Then, as they bent down to look for another shiny egg, she casually skipped the fallen egg and walked away
In the early 1950s, on a rainy Easter Sunday, my parents decided to have the family egg hunt indoors It was before the invasion of the colored plastic eggs Mum had decorated real eggs hard and dyed
On Easter morning after church, the children ate breakfast as the father entered another room, closed the door, and secreted two dozen eggs, carefully placing them behind chairs , under the coffee table and behind the curtains
If I remember correctly we ran into the room and took a few minutes to pick up the loot We quickly found 23
A month or two later, Mom spent an afternoon rummaging this room until she found the last Easter egg hidden under a heater, but that’s another story for another time.
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Ebene News – FI – Happy Easter everyone