Carly Simon may have resented the advice her grandmother gave her in “The Carter Family” (one of my favorite tunes), but her gran was correct on all counts — especially the one about standing up straight.
Shopping for new spring clothes was a pre-Easter treat when I was a kid. My mother and grandmother would take my sister and me, and I can still remember the thrill of finding a perfect pair of patent leather shoes: white the first few years — and oh, the trauma of those first few scuff marks! — then shiny black when we hit the magically mature age of 8.
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