Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Mint Man

Earlier this week, O-man and I met my sister for lunch at a place where my parents used to take me when I was itty-bitty.

This place is truly a place. Not just another restaurant to me-it's where I can recall one of my earliest memories. How cool is that?

My memory is holding a shiny green square (ok, of course I didnt know that it was green and square at the time--I was two) but the fact that my brain can pull that out of the filing cabinet of memories is pretty cool to me.

Another cool thing is that we moved to another state not long after that memory was formed, but now that I have moved back to this area in my adult life, I'm only 20 minutes away.

So let me get back to the shiny green square.


After every meal, the bill was paid and the man from behind the counter would come around and hand me one of these mints. Little did he know, he had given a little blond headed girl a special gift. It may be just another choice in the many varieties of chocolate to everyone else, but to me it always represents a memory. And that makes the calories seem worth it.

Better yet? That same man is still there.

And that same man came from behind the counter, smiled at me and then bent down to hand my son a shiny green square.

30 comments:

  1. Oh, I got chills reading this!

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  2. Oooh, that's awesome. Such a great story.

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  3. I love stories like these.

    and mints like those ;)

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  4. That is SO awesome! I love that you're sharing that memory with O-Man!
    *HUGS*

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  5. What an absolutely incredible memory and experience to have!

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  6. I love that such perfection can be had in a little green wrapper and across a generation.

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  7. This brought tears to my eyes. How sweet!!!!!

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  8. I admire that you are always at a deeper level in even the simplest of moments.

    And I think I feel in love with your mint man. How sweet.

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  9. Ahh, that's lovely!!! And maybe also explains why you like green so much? But then again, your eyes are green maybe that's why you like the colour. I'll shut up now.

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  10. So Sweet! I have a similar restaurant memory, but I haven't been able to take my boys back there yet.
    J

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  11. Ohhhh! I got goose bumps reading this! How neat is that!? What a great story.

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  12. I love this post! I'm starting to look forward to more moments like this - since I also live in the same city I grew up in. Somehow it helps calm me when I feel like C is growing so fast - looking forward to sharing with him things that are special to me from my childhood puts things into perspective and helps slow down the time a bit.

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  13. Tears reading this. What a wonderful thing to share with your son.

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  14. That's so fantabulous. I love this so much!

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  15. wow, so awesome!!!!!!!! PRICELESS

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  16. omg you just made me cry. Thanks. I just got done reading Mr. InBetween's post and boo-hooing.
    I may get this nose snotted by next tuesday. :)

    Seriously- this is too sweet. What an awesome experience to see O-man get the same treat that you treasured. The memories he is making are ones he will remember forever. You never know just want a small child remember, even the most mundane things can be so magical!

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  17. What an awesome memory! My mint man has passed away. But the memory is still there. Precious!

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  18. Tears here, as well. Sheesh, thanks alot!;-)

    So glad you are able to share a childhood memory with your son. So So special.

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  19. Oh my goodness! I too have wonderful memories about these mints and a hometown restaurant...only the mints were never free. You can still buy them today at the restaurant for 7 cents each.

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  20. Oh I just love this post. So fabulous that you can take him back to some of your favorite childhood places.

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  21. is it wrong that I am seriously tearing up reading that.....
    I love a "happy ending"

    xo

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  22. *Heart melting!*

    Isn't that wonderful?! I always thought places that gave mints were so fancy :-)

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  23. Oh! That is just the sweetest!

    We live near an old fashioned ice cream parlor that I used to go to as a child. I look forward to taking my daughter there, too.

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  24. How awesome! I love stories like these!

    ...and not that this really matters, but those are some of my favorite mints ever! I could eat a huge bag!

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