So many of our decorations were unique, too. My mom made 5 cotton snowmen that sat on our mantle that were supposed to resemble my parents, my 2 brothers and me. When I was about 8 or 9, I noticed that mine was so much smaller than all the others and I asked her about it. There was a pause and then she proceeded to explain to me that originally, there were only 4. You see, I was born almost 9 years after my brother Mike and my mom said that when I was born, she took a bit of cotton from all the other snowmen to make me. I loved that story and even asked her to repeat it on several occasions. I can still hear myself asking her, “Why is “snowman me” so small, mom?”
My favorite example of her discount clothing was her Wu-Tang Clan sweatshirt. My mom was many things but she most definitely was not a Wu-Tang Clan fan. I used to joke with her about it but she kept wearing it, especially around the holidays. I think she simply liked it because it was warm and it was green and by buying that sweatshirt, it allowed her to have a little more money to buy things for her family which to her was the most important thing in the world.