The Union Recorder

Top Stories

September 22, 2013

Family's tradition involving dress dates to 1966


The sounds of the rumbling, creaking school bus were still too far off in the distance to hear, but Summer Poppy Castorri's mom Jen knew she had a finite window of time to get Summer lined up for a "first day of school" photo session on the family's front stoop.

Summer posed accordingly, bashfully smiling as she sent joined hands and her head to the right, causing just enough of her shoulder-length auburn locks to stroke the tip of a white-collared scotch plaid school dress.

It was a scene that has played out four other times, some in front of fireplaces, others on slides or in flower beds, across nearly five decades to carry on a makeshift tradition started by Summer's grandmother Ronda when she donned the exact same dress 47 years ago.

"I never imagined that, 47 years later," Ronda said, "I would have granddaughters who would be wearing my little red plaid dress."

In August 1966, Ronda's mom took her on a shopping trip to department store J.C. Penney's in search of a school dress. They came home with the plaid dress that Ronda thought "was so pretty."

The dress was debuted Aug. 26, 1966, when Ronda began school in Mrs. Alene Farr's first grade class.

"She was so sweet and kind," Ronda said. "I was so shy and scared to death. I didn't know any of the other kids. Mrs. Farr took us out on the playground and I began to make some new friends."

It was on that playground, particularly the slide, where Ronda was photographed wearing the dress. It was a memory that Ronda cherished, but never intended to relive until oldest daughter April got the right age and turned out to be a perfect fit for the dress.

Text Only
Top Stories
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
NDN Video
Under Armour Launches Biggest Women's Campaign with Inspiring Ad NYPD chokehold death of Eric Garner was homicide: medical examiner Christina Aguilera Pulls a Demi Moore! Man with no arms throws first pitch Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Is Justin Bieber Dating a Model? Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer) 'Sharknado 2:' Hottest Memes Surfing The Net Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2"