After Every Trip, There'S Always Molly'S Ice Cream And DinerBack in 2008, in order to understand how to function on my own in public transportation (I'm someone with a minor form of learning disabilities), I traveled to many towns in the PA-NJ-DE tri state area using public transportation. One of the places I went to through Septa was Wilmington. I have a great interest in American History, so in Wilmington I visited, among other sites, the Old Swedes Church, the Hendrickson House, the Klymar Nyckel Ship, and the historic 500 block of Market Street. Later this same year, I came back to the cemetery in Wilmington’s Old Swedes Church (again through public transportation) because of a cemetery photography project I was helping with the online site Findagrave.
During my trip to Wilmington (and also historic New Castle City via DART this same summer), I refused to go home without walking on the boardwalk near the Wilmington Riverfront, and have lunch at Molly's Old Fashioned Ice Cream and Deli; I have a great interest in dining at 1950’s nostalgia themed diners. I enjoyed eating at Molly's so much, that when my birthday came in February 2009, I convinced my parents to drive from our Pennsylvania house to Wilmington just to have lunch at Molly's. One of the proprietors recognized me, and I told her why I was here. As my parents and I were getting our coats on to walk out the door, the other proprietor handed me a brownie, and said, “It’s on the house. Happy Birthday.”
This past summer, my father and I took road trips to the State Capitol Buildings in the PA-NJ-DE tri state area. My intent was to, after we did all three trips, post them in Facebook albums. While in Dover, we did visit the memorial of Caeser Rodney at the Old Christ Church, the Old State House, Woodburn (the Governor's Mansion), and (per my father's insistance) the Dover Air Force Museum. On the way home from Dover, we stopped in Wilmington to have lunch at Molly's Ice Cream and Deli.
A month later, and after three and a half years, I finally had a reunion with the female proprietor. My parents and I were coming back from Baltimore's Ft. McHenry (we went there in honor of the bicentennial of the composition of the Star Spangled Banner), and my mother pacified me by stopping in Wilmington to grab ice cream at Molly's. I went up to her hoping she would recognize me, and I was pleased when she did. She was happy to see me, and was curious to know what I have been up to in the past several years.