Memory Lane and Shopping

Trip 2 – Day 15

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I have been doing, what seems to me, like a LOT of laundry.  It occurs often.  Too often, actually.  Last night, Dad mentioned that he was in need of having some clothes washed.  I mentioned that, perhaps, we should go shopping for some more underwear.  He informed me that he had plenty of underwear, but only a couple of short-sleeved shirts, and that it was his impression that I liked to do laundry every 4 days.  I told him that we needed to go shopping.

I spent the morning doing laundry, both clothes and bedding and the boys went downtown to see the train station where Dad arrived, in Yuma, 70 years ago as a young service man.  They drove across the bridge that Dad walked across, many years ago, into California, and then went to a casino where the luck was mixed.  They went into old town and to the Yuma Territorial Prison.  It was a big morning/afternoon of going down memory lane.

Dad at the Yuma train station

Dad at the Yuma train station

Dad, in prison

Dad, in prison

The bridge that Dad walked across to go to California.  He was the only one who would go.  He had an hour or two to wait for the train to come and decided to go to California.

The bridge that Dad walked across to go to California. He was the only one who would go. He had an hour or two to wait for the train to come and decided to go to California.

The train tracks at the Yuma Station

The train tracks at the Yuma Station

They returned to the Hag about the time that I had finished the laundry, we ate, and then Dad and I went shopping.  It was suggested that we go back to the mall where JoAnn Fabrics was located, and shop at Kohls.  Dad and I did not want to turn this into an all afternoon/evening affair, so we opted to go to Sears, which was about a half mile from the RV park.  It was a small store with a limited selection, and that worked perfectly for us.  We perused the men’s section, looking for shirts with a pocket, no button-down collars, and no crazy prints or colors.  We had a great time, and Dad found 3 shirts and a pair of shorts.  I did a little shopping and managed to find myself a couple of pairs of shorts and tops.  I realized that this is the first clothes shopping that Dad has done in probably 4-5 years.  I had asked him about it before we left on our trip, but he wasn’t interested.  There is nothing like getting something new to wear to really lift the spirits.  Dad tried on his clothes when we got back to the park, and he looked stunning.  We took the tags off everything, and washed our new clothes.  As I told Dad, “This is the beginning of a new era.”

Today’s weather:  Hot

Daytime temperature:  80’s

Nighttime temperature:  60’s

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2 Responses to Memory Lane and Shopping

  1. Kailin says:

    I love the picture of Grandpa behind bars, such a classic! And, I think you need to post some pictures of him in his new clothes!

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