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davsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 11:25 AM
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54. I remember the little "Mom and Pop" stores.
We had one here in our little town. Literally, it was a husband and wife (Bill and Polly) along with a couple of part time employees and three aisles of stuff--along with a couple freezer cases and a meat cooler. He cut his own meat and it was always fresh, top quality stuff.

It was THE thing as a kid to go in there with a dime and buy candy.

My favorite story about that store was the experience of being a new college grad and coming back home to stay for a short time while my Mom went to stay with her sick sister. My Dad was not a cook, so I was back home with him filling in for Mom in the kitchen.

One afternoon I decided to make him meatloaf for dinner and had no hamburger thawed--so I went to "Bill and Polly's" to buy meat. I grabbed a bag of green beans out of the freezer case and walked up to pay. Clara (who sold me candy as a kid) said, "Oh no, Laura--you do not want those green beans. Your Mom still has some she canned last summer. She told me a couple weeks ago."

Yep, they knew THAT much about us all, and I did put those green beans back because I had NO doubt about what Clara was telling me. Seems unfathomable now, but we really were that connected to each other out here back then. Nobody thought much about it, either.

They ran that store up to the time they retired--maybe 20 years ago. He passed away a few years after they retired and the line at that funeral home was the longest I have ever seen.

I have to wonder--maybe a return to that kind of life might not be a completely bad thing--ya know?

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