Saturday, August 25, 2007

Spinnerin Shawl Kit from Hudson's

There is something about that Spinnerin logo I have always loved. It must remind me of my mom's knitting magazines, and strangely it reminds me of my Dad's sailboat too (something about the cap S?). The kit still has the Hudson's tag on it (and is in my Etsy shop).

When I was in 6th grade my parents told me that we were going to Detroit for the day to go to Hudson's. I had like $20 and I was daydreaming about what I might buy for myself. This was right around the time that "A Chorus Line" was coming to the Fisher Theater in Detroit and I was so disappointed when my Dad told me that the tickets were sold out. As we pulled up the the Fisher Theater sign my Mom turned around to get my reaction to what we were actually doing - but saw none. I saw the sign but it just didn't register. I figured Hudson's was in the Fisher building. We had lunch (my dad told the waiter not to say anything about the show) and it wasn't until we were actually in the lobby of the theater that I realized that we were going to see A Chorus Line. It is still one of the happiest memories of my life. The show was stunning - even at that age I was blown away, and moved more than I can say. The funny thing is that on the way home it dawned on me that I didn't really have anyone to tell the story to - no one I knew would understand what it meant to me to see that show. But that didn't take anything away from what a thrilling experience it was. Telling the story now is always fun - and a few people even know what I am talking about.


Blaize said...

I can't say that I understand your particular thrill, in that I wasn't interested in musical theater at that age. However, the Idea of the Thrill I can totally understand. Also, I understand your realization that there was no one to tell the story to.

These memories stand out against a blurred background of general experience, and thus serve to mark time and create a continuing sense of "self." I am so glad that day--that very day--helped to make you who you are on this day, the day in which I know you and (even if I didn't understand the particular thrill) would love to hear the story of a like memory being created.

Kerry said...

Thanks Blaize - mark time - yes that's what that memory does. Middle school was a tricky time, as it is for most people, so I have always especially treasured that memory.

lulu said...

that was a great show. I don't think the movie version was nearly as good. I can totally relate to your mom whipping around to catch your reaction. Isn't that the best thing about surprise gifts for your kids?