Happy fourteenth birthday Maura Clare. love, FF
So grown up, and it happened so quickly.
From the Penn Brewery window.
We were waiting for our early dinner to be served and the sun was going down Sunday evening. The Heinz Factory was across the way. Maura watched me as I caught the building framed in the window pane and she asked if she could push the circle shutter. A collaborative effort. It’s a thrill when the grandkids want to take photos.
When I was visiting the family in Ohio for an extended stay, one of the last days I was there we went to Von Maur, a lovely department store in Columbus at the Polaris Mall.
Maura and I saw all the elegant Spring/Easter hats on display. She tried on a gray one that matched her Ohio State Swim shirt. A gracious salesperson asked if we needed any help and of course, we did not. But she didn’t seem worried about trying on a hat.
(*see Men’s Hat Posts below the photos)
Growing up, almost all women in church wore hats.
.The Kentucky Derby, the first Saturday in May, is a place to wear a fashionable hat. Or a Derby party as you watch the race on TV. You see Royal Wedding attendees sporting stylish hats. I wish I’d looked inside the hats to see where they are made. Do you own a hat and on what occasion do you wear it?
Putting on a hat can change your whole persona, help you feel dressed to the nine. The epitome of dressing up in style.
“To the nine” is an English idiom meaning “to perfection” or “to the highest degree” or to dress “buoyantly and high class”. In modern English usage, the phrase most commonly appears as “dressed to the nine” or “dressed up to the nine”.
* And not to leave the men out of the hat post.
I’m sleeping in Maura’s bed this week, while I’m in Ohio, but she came in to dress for school this morning.
As she stood in front of the mirror, the early morning light came in through the blinds.
Somewhere on the blog,a few years ago, I’d captured a shot of Maura with the same striped light on her hair. At least I thought it was the same light.
Her bedroom has eastern exposure.
The stripes are thin white light in 2013.
(From the archives)
Look who is 10 years old! November 17, 2008 doesn’t seem that long ago and suddenly granddaughter Maura Clare is TEN!
I don’t know of anyone who has more energy and enthusiasm for life!
We always have a lot of fun together.
Happy Birthday to you. Love you lots. FF Ruthie