May 28, 2009

Did I Mention?

When I was a kid, and my mom's life was full of taking my sister and me to swimming lessons, ballet lessons, riding lessons, and story time at the library, there was a grocery store in town with a sit-down bakery section. I think it was an A&P. The store doesn't exist any more, but I have these wonderful memories of my sister and I tagging along on my mom's weekly run for provisions, chattering away as she ticked off each item on the list she held in her hand. If we were good -- and the way I remember it, we always were -- we got to have a treat at the bakery.

My treat of choice was a half-moon cookie, which here in NJ in 2009 seem only to be made a white cake "moon." When I was a kid, I told my mom, the half-moon cookies were made on a dark chocolate base. In my mind they became "dark side of the moon" cookies, an almost mythical, no longer attainable, slice of pure childhood joy.

Now look what my mom had waiting for me when we all went up to visit this past weekend:

(Words fail me.)

Another great part of the weekend was less visible to me, but no less wonderful. Our little man got to spend lots of time with his Grandpa and Nana. With Grandpa, he explored a mysterious gully, created a Jackson Pollock-inspired masterpiece, and worked on getting the trails in good shape. With Nana, he learned to distinguish some of the local birds by sight, and discovered the joys of a toasted peanut butter sandwich. The bedrock of unconditional love that my parents gave to me is now there for Mr. D.
...and that kind of foundation makes reaching for the stars downright fun.

(Thanks for everything, Mom & Dad.
And happy 49th anniversary!)


Andromeda Jazmon said...

This is a lovely post. I and my 3 boys are so fortunate to have my parents living close to us . What blessings!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

awwww - that mom remembered; what a sweet post.

Colin said...

I love half moon cookies!

~Jenn said...

Don'tcha love the Back Home foods? Why can't I find a decent chocolate Coke? (actually, that's from my mom's hometown of Dover, Ohio.)

Wendy said...

really beautiful, shelley. what wonderful parents you have...and what wonderful parents D has!

Anonymous said...

That picture of that little boy sliding is to die for.

Sarah said...

I love those cookies! We always got them when we went to Utica to visit my cousins.