I heard several times today (through Twitter and on the radio) that it was National Donut Day. Who knew? Frankly, I had never heard of this special day before, but it was obviously promoted quite well this year. Well, I decided to forgo the free donut at participating donut shops and celebrate in my own way…with a layout!
My parents met in a little college town in Pennsylvania called Beaver Falls. My mother had moved there from California to attend college and lived with her Aunt Mary Lou, Uncle Joe and their three little boys. To earn her keep she worked at their donut shop, which was just down the block from their home and just a short walk from the campus. It was a perfect situation, and she loved living and working with them.
When my parents got married and had me and my brother, they moved to Ohio. But we visited all the Beaver Falls relatives very often (I would guess about monthly). One of the most fun parts of visiting was going down the street to the donut shop. Uncle Joe made wonderful donuts and cream puffs (my favorite), and all the regular customers were very sweet to Phil and me as we sipped hot chocolate, ate pastries and twirled incessantly on the stools at the counter.
And so, on this special national holiday 😉 I created a layout to commemorate another sweet part of my childhood.
In case you want to read the journaling and can’t: Whenever we visited relatives in Beaver Falls we always made at least one stop at Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary Lou’s donut shop. No donut I’ve tasted since has ever been as good as Uncle Joe’s. Mom worked there throughout college, and it figures in many of my childhood memories. Although this original location closed some years ago, their son, Dicky, still runs the remaining shop.
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