061113_137GumBallMachineRI took a photo of this personalized gum ball machine today outside of O.C. Buckles & Co. because it reminded me of my mother.

When I was a little girl, she would always stop on our way out of the grocery store to let me get some bubble gum out of one of these machines. And I had to be careful to place my hand in just the right spot or the gum would fall all over the floor.

She made being a kid fun.