I remember mom and dad always dressed for church, he in his church clothes, suit and tie,and polished shoes, Mother went to the early Mass,but dressed very nice.They alsways had us dressed in the frilly dresses, hats and mary janes, the boys dressed in jackets, dark pants and ties, and of course polished shoes.
When my daughter was younger, i dressed her in the beautiful dresses with the mary janes, pocketbook and hat, and my son was dressed in a navy blue suit with dark shoes. I have a few pictures, and wish there were more pictures.
I remember when a Mr. Gretzsky bought 3 party dresses when he came back from New York City, for my sister, cousin and me. My mother kept these dresses for years but some how they disappeared. Oh well, memories!
Helen, YES, the polished shoes were a must!
I remember Dad shining those shoes to a high buff! The bottoms better be clean too, because the people behind you could see the bottom of your shoes when you were kneeling.
*I do remember once, a older lady had forgotten to take the price tag off the bottom of her shoes, we could see it when she was kneeling at the alter rail!
My Dad routinely would shine up his shoes. I love that memory. I learned how to do that from my Dad. It was definitely associated with church, too.