Opa tagged posts

The Feast of St. Nicholas

Posted by Jason

December 7, 2011 The Past  No comments

December has always been a busy and joyful month for me.  My birthday is tomorrow, and that has always been really the start of the Christmas season for me.   (When I was younger, most people seemed to think that Black Friday was really the start of the Christmas season... but my parents were very adamant about keeping holiday decorations to a minimum until after my birthday had passed.)  Now that I'm older, I realize how thoughtful that really was of them -- it's hard for any kid to have their birthday overshadowed by Christmas.

Those of us with December birthdays probably have more sensitivity to this than most.  Honestly, it doesn't bother me now, as I'm more thankful that I actually survived another year.  But we do have young friends and family who have December birthdays to

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The Dirt Mall

Posted by Jason

August 18, 2008 The Past  One comment

When I grew up, I spent a lot of time in North Billerica with my Oma and Opa. I work less than two minutes from the house that they lived in. This means that as I take lunch breaks or do anything to get out of the office, I'll sometimes stir up old memories.

Opa loved taking Mat and me out. I remember trips to the dump, trips to the post office, trips to the beach... and trips to the mall. When I was little, the mall seemed pretty big. And it was really distinctive because it had this huge water tower right next to the parking lot. There was a water fountain inside, and a bunch of restaurants and stores. We went there a lot... but I only have a few specific memories. I seem to remember one of my aunts working there (but I might be wrong)... maybe at Papa Gino's? Throwing coins in a

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