Last week I walked into my favorite nail salon to get a mani/pedi and sitting there waiting, was an elderly woman and her middle aged daughter. I’m guessing that the woman was mid 80’s and the daughter late 50’s or early 60’s. As I was “soaking” I overheard the mom say to the daughter “when we leave here I want to go to Macy’s and get a housecoat.” I started to chuckle. The word housecoat immediately catapulted me back to my teen years when I would run down the stairs in my underwear (at that time underwear consisted of a bra, underpants, girdle, pettipants and a slip – don’t ask!) to iron a white oxford button down collared blouse to wear under my V-neck sweater with my pleated skirt. Now if you are in your late 50’s or early 60’s all of you are smiling and remembering this scene! As I would thunder down the stairs, past my dad who was sitting in “his chair,” he would call out to my mom, “Lil does this kid have a housecoat?” As I am writing this I am laughing out loud because the scene was always the same. My mother would answer,” yes, Bud she has a housecoat.” It wasn’t a robe or a bathrobe…it really was a housecoat. It had a collar and buttoned down the front…just like a coat. It was old lady-like so I never wanted to wear it.
Sitting there in the nail salon, hearing that woman use the word housecoat, brought back great memories of being a teenager. I was very fortunate to have a really great dad…my mom was good too, but not like my dad! All of my friends and their friends wanted to come to our house because my dad was funny and fun, but still the dad.
I hope this post will trigger a good and funny memory of your childhood. Please write and let me know what words might take you back in time.