Memories - A Christmas Story

My parents were born in 1920 and 1923 and they were extremely active for their respective ages. Pop passed away in 2005. Mom is still alive, though she went into a nursing home in 2016 at the behest of her doctors, and moves better and shakes less than I do. We wouldn't be surprised if she reached 100. It also seems that it's nearly impossible to find anything for anyone in the family. One day at work in late 1997, I was discussing that it was hard to get anything for my parents. I'd decided to get Mom a CD player, as her old record player had bit the dust. I wanted to get Pop something other than the usual tie. I was discussing my plight and said, "At his age, I don't think he'd want a pair of Air Jordans!"

I then realized that my father did a lot of walking (at the behest of his cardiologist, who wanted him watching his cholesterol and not clogging up his 1995 bypass surgery) and that he might like a new pair of shoes to walk in. It turned out that Mom thought that was a great idea; she knew he was complaining about his shoes. With my knowledge of sneakers, I figured a pair of Nike Air Max Triax would be quite comfortable and not break me up financially. So, I got him a pair of the very similar Nike Air Max Later II, a store-unique style from one of the major athletic shoe chains.

Nike Air Max Later II, running-training shoe; black, red, and whiteAfter I wrapped my presents, Pop said, "It's about the size of a shoebox!" (We didn't say anything.) Then, Christmas morning, Pop unwrapped this Nike box. He knew that I sometimes put little presents (like cassette tapes) into bigger boxes to hide them. The big surprise was when there was actually a pair of shoes in the shoe box! As I remember, Pop used them for quite a while.

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