While in Colorado, I was able to spend some time with my Aunt Jeanie. Aunt Jeanie, my dad’s only sister, lived in Colorado most of my growing up years. Our family lived in Indianapolis so it was always a treat to visit Aunt Jeanie and Uncle Jim.

When I was in junior high I got to spend time at Aunt Jeanie’s by myself. I remember that we took the “El” (Elevated Train) into Chicago to go shopping downtown. It was a defining memory for me, because it was the first time I remember taking public transportation and shopping in fancy stores. I still remember the purse I bought at Marshall Fields—it was hanging on the manaquin’s hand!

Aunt Jeanie is almost 90 and I’m glad I was able to take her to lunch and spend some time with her.

What’s a defining memory for you from your childhood?

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