At the risk of looking extremely ancient, I give you this landmark photo of my childhood. It’s old, I know.
When I was growing up, back in the 70s, we lived in a subdivision close to Eastland Center. It was a bustling place back in the day. It was an old fashioned strip mall that was the home of Kroger, Winn Dixie, Woolworth’s (does anyone reading remember that store?), a drug store, a Sears catalog store…just a place to pick up the things you ordered from the catalog, along with a few other stores including a bakery, a women’s boutique and a couple of others that escape my memory.
This sign is the embodiment of my childhood. It still stands proud and tall, with the hands of the clock ticking tocking all the while, just like it did in the glory years, yet the stores have seen far better days.
As kids we would ride our bikes through a field with a beaten path to this shopping center which we fondly called “The store”, as in “I’m going to the store”, which meant we were going to the center.
Or we walked as we got older. Biking was for kids in those days.
It was a great place to grow up.
My friend and I could scrape together a dollar in change and venture to the drug store and buy a day’s worth of candy, (though it rarely lasted the entire day) including a chocolate candy bar. We didn’t want to spend it all on chocolate because candy bars cost a whopping 10 cents back in the day.
I rode by that sign a few weeks ago and the memories came flooding in. Nostalgia is a funny thing. How can such a small chunk of time, in the grand scheme of things, mean so very much and live on forever in your mind?
The memories are mostly good, though there are some I’d just as soon forget but oh how I wish I could revisit those times, just for a minute or two.
I hope my kids have a landmark of sorts in their childhood that produces a heaping dose of feel-good. I know it won’t be a store because we lived in the country, but perhaps there are other land marks that evoke those days gone by good times.
Do you have a landmark in your mind’s eye that takes you back to yester-year? I would love to hear.