20 Jul Am I that old???
When I was young it was almost an automatic reflex to consider someone on either side of 60 to be ancient. You assumed they were ready for a nursing home, a move to Florida or a plot at Blossom Hill.
I, of course, looked at Concord’s older citizens as being sage and wise and important parts of our community and spent hours listening to them weave their stories about the history of our city. I didn’t want to just live in the present but felt that a foundation of rich history and stories would increase my pleasure in the “then and now” and enable me to play a more active role in the future.
The hours I spent sitting on the squeaky swivel stools in J.J. Newberry listening to Maude and Millie, the “Queens” of the luncheon counter, talk about those they had served throughout the years and how the streetcar had made a stop in front of the store to unload dozens of prospective customers, was like a veritable history lesson. Of course the fact that they made the best French Fries I have ever eaten – cut and cooked to order – was a more than pleasant addition to my “classes”.
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