Saturday, March 19, 2011

Remembering "WaWa"

My son turned thirty six earlier this week so I've been thinking about him a lot. I thought it was only fitting to tell you a story about something he once said to me.

It was when money was tight.  Things were tough even though I was working at "the bank" as I was still only a part-time teller.  We lived in our apartment at the time.  There we were driving down that huge hill heading to the grocery store in the nearby plaza.  Passing by WaWa, a small convenience store, on my right, I approached the traffic light at the intersection.  It was then that my son, who was probably six or seven at the time, said something very profound.  "Mommy, when I grow up and get a job, I'm going to make lots of money."

"Good for you," I said.

"Do you know what I'm going to do with some of my money?" he went on.

"No, I don't Jason.  What will you do with your money?"

"I'm going to buy you a new dress."

Beaming with pride for being so considerate at such a young age, I said, "You are?  I would love that, Jason.  And where are we going to get this dress?"

"I'll take you shopping," he said glancing off to the left.  "I'll take you to WaWa."

I probably wanted to laugh my butt off, but contained my emotions so as not to hurt his feelings while my heart beamed with pride. 

Now, I'm not sure if any of you even know what a "WaWa" is.  They are a convenience store chain and were quite popular in Connecticut.  They sell, milk, bread, cigarettes, candy, soda and snack foods.  Can you imagine?  That poor dreamer...a dress for his mom from the local WaWa!  This is the same boy that, as a child, would tell me he "loved me more than there are stars in the sky," and "more than there are grains of sand on the beach."  He has grown up to be a good man, a great husband and a terrific father.

P.S.  The instant replay of that scene still invokes the same emotions in me...pride, laughter and lots of love. 


  1. What a sweet, sweet story. Those little boys sure know how to tug at our heartstrings, don't they? Even YEARS after they say something!

    Oh, and WAWA has delicious cream cheese stuffed pretzels!! yum!

  2. Wawa has been long gone from Connecticut, I think.. but they still exist in Cape May, NJ, I discovered a few years ago! Still no dresses tho :-) Cute story - good man.

  3. I know Wawas, just from travels up north. Your story is so sweet!

  4. nice story JP...aaaaah...the memories! memories that make us feel a little teary-eyed...warm inside...and OLD!! ha! :]

  5. This is so adorable, and it brings a tear to my eye because I've been sorting through old photos of my little ones now grown. These memories are all so sweet, all the sweeter because they are past.

  6. a sweet sweet story. did he buy you a dress when he was older? my niece lives in PA and she said she was stopping at the WaWa and I said What? great story

  7. I have one of those sons....and aren't we blessed.

    Mine just got back from a cruise to Mexico and called and told me as he was sitting on the deck at twilight sipping a glass of wine, he thought to himself "I'll bet Mom would like this". He would like to take me next time, but he knows Mom is not a traveler. The thought meant more to me than the trip would.

  8. So sweet. What a lovely boy you raised to become a lovely man.

  9. How sweet! Isn't it nice to see them grow up to be great people?

  10. That is too sweet!

    I've been to a WaWa near my in-laws' place in Delaware. My husband likes their cappuccinos.

  11. What a great story! Your son reminds me of things my 6 year old says's good to hear that your son turned into what sounds like a fantastic grown man:) Have a great day!....your post just made mine:)

  12. That is too sweet!! I have four sons now grown and I can so appreciate that story.

  13. What a sweet story and memory--I'd hold your son to that except have him get it from Ma-Macys!

  14. This touched my heart.--Inger

  15. What a sweet story and glad he grew up strong - but I'm not surprised. sandie

  16. That is a great story. It brightened my day and made me smile too. It reminds me of the love and faith children have, and that time of our lives when everything is possible.


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