For my mother
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Once upon a time there was a great department store based out of Minneapolis MN called Dayton's. If you are from the mid-west, you may remember it. Dayton's was my mom and my 'go to' store. I do not know how other daughters bonded with their mothers but we bonded through shoes, Guess jeans, Laura Ashley linen dresses, and Gunny Sax. All to be ooooed over at Dayton's. From the time I was in fourth grade, till I graduated, my mother came up with the idea to give each of us, still at home, 'our day'. We got to pick the place to go with in reason and spend the day with just mom. My brothers choose to go to places like the airport, I always wanted to go downtown in Minneapolis.
When I was in 7th grade, my mom surprised me with a weekend in that very place. It was about an hour from our southern Mn country home and so different from the small town I lived in. We stayed at the Downtown Hilton and I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world. We ordered room service and I ate my first Monte Cristo sandwich at the Magic Pan. Still one of my favorite eats, yet none has ever tasted as good as the one I had that weekend. We spent the day wandering around the sights and sounds of the 'big city' and Downtown Dayton's. On that weekend, it was Dayton's annual Daisy Sale. I remember the large banners with huge daisies painted on them flowing from the ceiling of the majestic store. It was there that mom bought me a red cotton drop waist mini-skirt dress with yellow and green bias tape sewn on the skirt. My first mini. It came with a multi-colored cloth belt to be worn loosely on the hips. This was a long way from my brother's hand me down red corduroys of 5th grade.
Mom and Me
As I look back -that weekend has held a special significance,
especially on the cusp of the tumultuous teen years,
it did indeed solidify a mother daughter bond
that has held through the years.
This year she is 75 years old, she is beautiful, wise and one of my best friends
I made her this quilt and it is called, Daisy Sale.
To see a picture of this beautiful, extrodianary, woman go HERE, pictures by my super talented niece whose blog of captured moments is worth the trip.