I know that it's Friday, but for the purpose of blogging each day until Christmas, this is my Thursday post. I spent the evening in Astoria, Queens, celebrating the retirement of one of my closest colleagues. This is one of the street decorations I saw as I walked from the subway to the restaurant where the party was taking place.
The decorations were simple, evocative of a time and place that exists no longer except in my mind, my childhood. The neighborhood reminds me of the neighborhood I grew up in with small single family houses and small apartment buildings, a lot of non-chain stores and restaurants. It was only a flash of a minute, but for that minute I was thinking of the Life Saver storybook and the thick mesh stockings filled with hard candy sold at Grant's or Kresge's. It was only a minute, but what a sweet minute.
The memories faded quickly and I returned to the present. The retirement party was wonderful and I loved seeing so many of my former colleagues. I felt very grateful for the warmth and good feelings of the evening.
Tonight I am counting my blessings for the sweet memories of long ago and the good times of the present. I am grateful that I got to experience both in one short evening.
What are the sweet moments that are precious times of the season that you remember?
As always thanks for visiting and take good care. Please stop by for Christmas in New York Foodie Friday tomorrow. It will be a sweet one.