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Skittles and Black Boots

Eating Toffee apples, while reading about Rome ruins, in Leadenhall Market

We have been getting lots of use of our down jackets and snow coats. I have been delighted in our bright colors because I can see my kids in a crowd. We’ve been a lot of crowds. Emeline is less thrilled with standing out. She’d tried to wear her black jacket but it is just too cold and she’s had to resort to the blue down or the purple ski parka. Then add in Jeff in orange, me in purple and Eliana in pink and we look like a bunch of Skittles walking through the streets of London.

I didn’t realize just how much we stood out until two weekend’s ago when we went to the Borough Market. Our 1st full day in London we went to the market and sampled many wonderful treats, but were meeting some of Jeff’s work friends, so we couldn’t dilly dally. The follow week we went again with the plan of buying some supplies (cheese, bread, fruit & veggies). We divided up, Jeff and Emeline scurried off in one direction while Eliana and I headed in another. Eliana and I started talking with a young woman who had some wonderful apples and some chutney. She said, ” Where are the other two.” I looked at her curiously and she said, “Last week there were two more a Man and another girl, your jackets were so bright I remember seeing you.” I looked around a little more and everyone is wearing black, except the Fredrick family.

Emeline at 12, Eliana at 10, Leanne at 6

Emeline’s main redeeming clothing item is her black boots. All three of us girls got new black boots in New York. Emeline and I found ours at a place I looked up on Yelp with good reviews, Midtown Shoes. The man working there was amazing. We walked in and he just looked at our feet (with shoes already on) and knew our sizes. He was a master at fitting shoes as well as balancing the wishes of a 11 year old girl and her wish for “high heels” and her mothers requirement of 1″ or less. Eliana was a little more difficult nut to crack. She is in the impossible size. Too big for little kids and too small for women’s. However while in New York it seemed appropriate to visit Macy’s the day before the Thanksgiving Parade, so we were able to find her a pair of boots within the 8 stories high and an entire New York block that makes up the Macy’s store.

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  1. Kevin says:

    That’s how we used to spot french people when I was young.

  2. Brooke says:

    Love it!!! Love you all and miss u!!!! Give me more stories!

  3. Ayala says:

    I love the skittles imagery! Yay for a burst of color–perfect to offset the gray sky.

  4. Mom/Grandma/Pat says:

    My friend once told me “It is better to be looked over than overlooked.” Go skittles!!!!

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