Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Those Famous Red Mittens!!!!

Here I am sporting my RED Mittens!!!! WOW, were those things hard to find, Impossible is more like it!!!!
My sister and I got ours from an unknown angel you might say!!!!!

here is my pair of RED Mittens and a few souvenirs for my Grand daughter!!! The Canadian moose sporting his red Canada jersey and Quachi, one of the mascots for the winter games, he is rocking his red mittens!!!!!

Our goal as soon as we arrived in Vancouver was hit the stores in search of these famous red Mittens!!!! We had heard even before we left town that they were literally flying off the shelves!!!!After searching store after store, and people telling us "oh go up about 4 blocks that way there is a drug store who has some left and we would take off flying there in search of them and then get there and NONE would be available, and then someone said oh I just left this store and they had kids sizes available, so I thought gosh I have a small hand that will fit, and when we got there, the kids sizes were gone too, then some one suggested the Official Olympic apparel store and when we got there it was a 3 hour wait just to get in the door and then what if there was none???? so we said no way and gave up.
Going back to our hotel that night on the sky train, this couple enters the train, and I notice them wearing the mittens, so I ask "where did you find your mittens", the lady replies, oh I have had mine since last fall, we proceeded to tell her our wild goose chase story for mittens, and she pulled hers off and hands hers to me and says these are YOURS!!!!! I said NO WAY, I could Never take those, she said oh no please take them, her husband takes his off and gives his to my sister, by now I am almost crying, pleading with them to let me Pay for them , they said NOPE, it is our gift to you two!!!! They told a story about a family of 7 they met earlier in the week and they gave them all the pairs they had which was 6 pairs with them and mailed them the 7th pair.They said they were fortunate enough to have been able to buy lots of them when they first went on sale in Sept. They explained the money was to support the Canadian Olympic team, so I guess they bought alot to support their team and pass them out to strangers and become an ANGEL to so many!!!!
So everytime I wear mine I think about that saying "Pay it Forward" and try to do something nice to a stranger and expect nothing in return, the christian radio station K-LOVE out here has a Make a difference Monday, where you do a generous act for someone on Monday, just one day a week makes a big difference if you give from the heart!!!!


Corie said...

A trip of a lifetime and what kind people to give you those mittens! You will have those as a memory always!

Jule's Spot said...

Well "Pay if Forward" and mail those red mittens to me!!!!!!!!!
I am glad you got them since you were able to go! But will you write in your "will" that I get those?
Love you!!!!

The Martin Family said...

Angels all around us for sure! What a memory to remember. You will always treasure Can't wait for our trip less than 24 hours and I am on my way,

Hugs Reda

Anonymous said...

AWWWWW, that was so nice of them to give you the mittens! That was a sweet post! Hugs, Jennifer

Meri Wiley said...

Hey Mimi,

My following signup is at the very bottom of my blog....I know, not real cool, I'll move it later..LOL.

Come onboard!


Meri Wiley said...

Hi back at ya'

can you give me your email address, too? Do you know any crafters? If so, can you send them my way?


Bunny said...

So happy you got your red mittens. I just looked and ebay is selling them for outrages prices. Here in Canada they were $10.00 OMGoodness. I was happy to send a pair to a blogging friend.

nancygrayce said...

I hope you're writing a memory book! Well, you are! Your blog! You have an amazing life!

Deanna said...

I think I called them red gloves earlier...mittens say it all.
Glad you have a pair plus your fun memories.
Jamie, what a treat for you to be able to go to the Olympics.
What's next on your bucket list???
I think I had better write one up...I'm getting closer to 55 and have time to think about what I should have done and what I need to aim for.
God Bless you my friend,

Stella said...

What a heart warming story. So nice to know there are still lots of nice people out there. What a wonderful memory.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is so sweet Jamie. What a story to tell! I am just about ready to head to the airport. I will e-mail you my address as soon as I get back home. Hugs, Cindy

Charlotte said...

Wow, what a great story. I'm glad you finally got red mittens. Who would have known they would be so hard to get.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I loved all the pics of Vancouver, Jamie! I'm so glad you took so many! And this story about the red mittens is a wonderful reminder that there are still good people in the world.
I was very surprised to see that the large torch structure was black. Every time I saw it on the television I thought they were silver.
Take care,

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Jamie, such sweet memories of such a wonderful trip. Doesn't it just warm your heart that people are so kind and generous. Hugs, Marty

Chatty Crone said...

I love, love, love to hear fabulous stories like these - there are so many good people out there! That was so cool.


just call me jo said...

I checked my comments and saw your message about the AZ bloggers luncheon. Would you email me more info as it gets closer. goodingj796@gmail.com
Am I supposed to know what Teeter house is?? Cuz I don't. ;o) I'd like to go so keep me in the loop.

Oliva said...

Sure I can make the letters for Camdyn! Here's my email so I can get more info from you: stampcrazy1962@yahoo.com

Yes I can make it on March 27th...can't wait!

Thank you for sharing your great Olympic experience with us!!!