Friday, May 8, 2009

Washington, DC- the Way It Was, Part 1

I was born here in Washington, DC, as were my parents, several of my grandparents, my wife and my three daughters. When I say here in DC, I don't mean the Maryland or Virginia suburbs, I mean here, in Washington DC.

The site of the hospital where I was born, Columbia Hospital for Women, now hosts a Trader Joe's grocery store. You can get pretty good wine there for only $3.00.


I grew up all over the city, from Kalorama to Adam's Morgan, Chevy Chase to Cleveland Park to Georgetown, not necessarily in that order. I love DC.

Recently I was visiting my mother, a real Washington grande dame, who lives in a beautiful apartment complex in N.W. near the Washington Cathedral. This is a short clip I made of her reminiscing about a time when you could still see a president without a clearance from Homeland Security.

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My mother is 81 years old, in good health, etc. It was fun to get her to talk about this, and I'm looking forward to some more reminiscences.

4 comments:

EmLit said...

This is a great story, she even concludes well! I am going to start using that expression "That was the nines and tens"--definitely a keeper.

Bret Littlehales said...

Well, you know Nana- she's got a million of 'em.

Binx said...

I've never heard that one before! I really liked it. I should call her today, since it's Mother's Day.

William Littlehales said...

What a grand Lady your Mom is, Bret. My sis and I lost our Mom, Edna Moor Littlehales April 5, 2008. She and Dad had retired to Venice, FL in 1975. Dad will be 89 this July 19th. I wish now that we had recorded some of Mom's thoughts before we lost her.
Keep in touch,
William (Bill) Littlehales
littlehales@att.net