By Mary Louise Hinton, Kansas City, Missouri
I was in a state of shock. Our daughter, Sharon, was 20 years old! Nevertheless, when our son, Gary, was born on December 7, I assumed the role of second-time mom with gusto.
After my nearly 21-year hiatus from baby caring, I was a little rusty, but Gary survived, and thrived. We looked on him as a sort of do-it-yourself grandchild.
In the spring of 1964, Macy’s department store in Kansas City sponsored a sewing contest for children’s wear. Entrants had to wear garments made from material and patterns purchased at Macy’s.
I’d been sewing for many years. When Sharon was a little girl, I had made several mother-and-daughter ensembles. So, I decided to make a mother-and-son ensemble for Gary and me.
I bought the patterns and material from Macy’s so I could enter Gary in the contest. Then I made a shirt, jacket and pants for Gary, and a skirt, jacket and beret for me.
Gary marched in the fashion parade, but he didn’t win. In fact, none of the boys did. The girls won all the prizes.
That didn’t stop us from wearing our outfits, though, and throughly enjoying all the attention. Fortunately, Gary was too young to object!
I never did make any more clothes for Gary, but I still smile when I look at that picture.