Mimi Grine: My holiday ornament memory may not be the classic Christmas story, no handmade decorations with Mom or baking cookies with friends, but it still brings back warm smiles and happy thoughts. I don't remember Thanksgiving 2002 for yet another argument with my brother, but rather as one of the few times in my adult life that my entire family got together and everyone was genuinely happy. My brother and I, along with our spouses, flew to Miami and met up with my folks. We then took a Thanksgiving road trip to Key West, driving the entire way in a rented minivan. We did a bunch of the tourist things and hit the bars and restaurants, had Thanksgiving dinner at the Naval Air Station where my Dad had reserved a condo for everyone to stay in, and just had fun. At some point we found ourselves wandering around the port area and discovered an amazing artist selling delicate handcarved wooden snowflake ornaments. I loved them instantly and bought one on the spot. Now every year when I unpack that snowflake ornament I think about a very special time with my family and am filled with lots of happy memories.
Mimi Grine: My holiday ornament memory may not be the classic Christmas story, no handmade decorations with Mom or baking cookies with friends, but it still brings back warm smiles and happy thoughts. I don't remember Thanksgiving 2002 for yet another argument with my brother, but rather as one of the few times in my adult life that my entire family got together and everyone was genuinely happy. My brother and I, along with our spouses, flew to Miami and met up with my folks. We then took a Thanksgiving road trip to Key West, driving the entire way in a rented minivan. We did a bunch of the tourist things and hit the bars and restaurants, had Thanksgiving dinner at the Naval Air Station where my Dad had reserved a condo for everyone to stay in, and just had fun. At some point we found ourselves wandering around the port area and discovered an amazing artist selling delicate handcarved wooden snowflake ornaments. I loved them instantly and bought one on the spot. Now every year when I unpack that snowflake ornament I think about a very special time with my family and am filled with lots of happy memories.
Mimi Grine .
published Thursday, December 20th, 2012
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