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My Pink Easter Dress

From: Miles Eddy
Length: 04:41

Storyteller Mary Van Pelt remembers shopping for a special dress, her fear of the big city, and receiving gentle guidance and love from her Grandmother.

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Storyteller Mary Van Pelt remembers shopping for a special dress, her fear of the big city, and receiving gentle guidance and love from her Grandmother.

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My Pink Easter Dress
by Mary Van Pelt

I must have been eight years old on that Saturday morning in March when Grandma Van Pelt and I rode the bus into downtown Denver. Having grown up in New York City, grandma was no stranger to urban life; she now worked for an accounting firm in downtown Denver. At the age of eight, most of my life had been lived in small towns; the big city was a complex, overwhelming and frightening place.

The fear of getting lost has been with me ever since I can remember -- the fear of not being able to find my way home, and the fear of not being able to find my way in the world. Because I was with my grandmother I felt safe in this hurried, noisy, careless city that would otherwise swallow up an eight-year-old girl. She showed me the way. She knew when to pull the cord that rang the bell signaling the driver that a passenger wanted off. How did...
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