The next day we had to be in Center City Philadelphia by 9 A.M. When I called the records office on Monday to verify the directions we were told not to come, because they are very shorthanded. Since the document I needed was almost twenty years old there would be no one to go and look it up. So they told us to come tomorrow. What the lady actually said was: “Come at 9, we open at 8 and they show up between 9 and 9.30”. Very encouraging. The train ride we took there gave me just enough time to sew in the elastic in the waist and Bind Off the hem of the “Summer Skirt” – I have to come up with a better name!
We made it to the office right before 9 A.M. And it is a good that we did. The first thing they told us was that they can not help us because they are very shorthanded and maybe we want to come back tomorrow. We did not want. So the nice clerk did his magic and we had our document in our hands. It only took a little over two hours. Thank G-d I did not bring DD #3 with me. An active toddler in that tiny space filled with huge record books might have been more devastating than a flood. Being book addict we were tremendously impressed by the huge record books. We noticed one dated 1885 to 1916. We wanted to take a picture, but were not permitted to do it. I was impressed that they were open at all on Election Day. In New York and New Jersey all was closed.
Unfortunately, there was no time left for sightseeing or yarn buying because we had to make it back to my Mom’s before she had to go to work.