I’m dating myself, I know, but one of my favorite memories from childhood was shopping for a new Easter outfit.
In my house, Easter meant the works–shoes, socks, undies, dress, gloves and, of course, a hat. My mother–and, I suppose my father, although I don’t remember him being consulted in any way, shape or matter about the selection process–was extremely indulgent when it came to Easter shopping. Which is not to say Mom actually shopped. Oh, no. In fact, I distinctly remember being dropped off at Cole’s Department Store and being told to ask someone to call me a taxi when I was done (my parents owned the taxi company). Mom had a charge account. The clerks knew me.
Wow. The power, right? But you have to understand that shopping was different in those days. Your choices were limited. Even the nicest department store probably stocked fewer than a dozen or two different styles of little girl dresses. Designer names were unheard of. All I cared about was whether or not the dress came with a hat. After all, everyone knew Easter wasn’t Easter without a bonnet.
I don’t think little girls care about hats these days, but one of my favorite Easter photos is of my eldest granddaughter when she was three. Her great-aunt bought Easter bonnets and gloves for all the little girls in the family. Doesn’t this make your heart smile?
Celebrate with style and have a very Happy Easter.