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Which epic film with a Latin title was the top-grossing film of 1951?


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I just had to have them.

I was 8 years old and looking forward to dressing up in my Easter finery for the Sunday church service. I already had the main attraction secured -- a yellow polka-dot dress with a white pinafore. It was the same dress I had worn the previous Easter; it would be snug and probably a little too short this time around, but I still loved it and felt like a princess whenever I slipped it on. The shoes would be my standard white Mary Janes, and Mom had found a cute hairpiece to complement my blonde curls. But I was missing a critical (at least to me) accessory: a pair of frilly white anklets.

I was the first girl in the family after three boys, so there were no older sisters to borrow anything from. My other white socks were either too worn out or, frankly, just not up to the standards my yellow dress required. Plus, according to the school lunchroom chatter, all of my friends would be sporting anklets this year. We were simply too grown up to wear tights. Tights were for babies, like my little sister.

I worked my persuasive magic on my mother and she brought forth a silky pair of socks with a thick trimming of lace all around the top. I was ecstatic! I carefully set them out with my shoes and could hardly wait to wear them on Easter morning. Finally, the day dawned and I was the first one dressed. I sauntered to the full-length mirror to admire my first pair of big-girl socks. But on the way, something tickled my leg. And then it scratched at my leg. And then it downright bothered both legs. It was the lace! Full of starch and stiff as a board, the lace rubbed against me in the most annoying way.

What to do? My lovely new socks had a fatal flaw. Too stubborn to admit total defeat, I simply decided to roll the lace under so it was no longer visible and could no longer terrorize my skin. And then off I went to church wearing a rather plain-looking pair of socks after all.

But at least I wasn't wearing tights.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. Do you recall dressing in special new clothes for Easter or other special events in your Good Old Days? What was your favorite outfit? We want to hear about it! Send a brief response to me at Editor@GoodOldDaysMagazine.com, and it could appear in a future update or in Good Old Days magazine! Here is one email response from the Feb. 20, 2019 update question: What winter comfort food were you especially fond of in your Good Old Days? Do you make it today for your family?

Carol Schoepf shared, "In our house the hands-down favorite was the homemade corn chowder. It was so thick and rich and just perfect. I cannot make it as well no matter how hard I try!"


Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.


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Trivia Answer

Quo Vadis. The title translates to the phrase "Where are you going?" or, more poetically, "Whither goest thou?" The story was set in ancient Rome during Nero's reign. It starred Robert Taylor as the Roman General Marcus Vinicius and Deborah Kerr as Lygia. The film was adapted from an 1895 novel of the same name by Henryk Sienkiewicz.

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