Photo by Dennis Reed, Jr.
This, above, is Scalise's Deli, located in our nearby former town (it's a beautiful photo--I hope you'll click to enlarge it. Yes, that's snow flying.). After many decades, it's still open!
Even though I don't recall visiting there (Tom said we did), yesterday these remembrances, below, from the town's 'remember when' Facebook page put a surprising lump inside my throat because 1.) when we moved there in 1993, the town's 'vibe' felt much the same and 2.) some of these brought back memories of my own childhood and 3.) oh my, how our world has changed.
And yet? Old-fashioned places/ideals/kindnesses still exist in Today's world. My nearby coffee shop comes to mind, as does my dentist's office, Sally's house across the street, the ancient drug store still decorated from the 70's (someday I must show you pictures!) and so much more.
I think we just have to search a bit harder for the old ways--and perhaps that makes them, when found, even sweeter.
Especially in 2018.
Anyway, here you go, the conversation about Scalise's from Facebook (which can be a very old-fashioned place, itself. No, really.). I added these photos, and well, enjoy your visit to the past. 😊 ---------
"I remember riding my bike or (gasp!) walking to the deli from our house to pick up whatever my mom needed. Might have been 7 or 8 years old (double gasp!) when I started doing that. Today, my parents would likely be arrested for that "free-range parenting" practice."
"My nonna lived 2 houses away, I would go and buy my dad cigarettes all the time, I was probably 7 yrs old. Can you even imagine that happening now!!"
"Your nonna, Gina, would come to our house and bring holy pictures and visit with my Mom and Aunts."
"She was the sweetest lady ever, always concerned how everyone was doing."
"I used to stock the coolers when I was like 14!"
"I lived around the corner and my Aunt Mary❤worked there for years. Memorable part of my childhood!!"
"I remember so many wonderful trips to Scalises growing up. Penny candy and the freedom to be able to go there without parents! One of my best memories of visiting and growing up with you."
"Also going with my Nana's note saying I could buy her smoke's. Omg."
"I remember living on Geneva St going in and playing pool with Mr. Scalise while Mrs. Scalise made me lunch."
"I miss my adoptive grandma by Scalise's. She fed me espresso and cookies."
"Used to go there when I had enough paper route money to buy my bubblegum and baseball cards!"
"Right down the street from the Boys Club."
"In the late 60's, all the ladies there were cheek pinchers. Josephine would always get you."
"My late uncle used to make me take him there every time he came home from Texas just so he could get some lunch meat."
"My father would write me a note to get him cigarettes when I was little. Also loved their ham sandwiches and spending all my allowance on penny candy!"
"Cold pizza too. I also remember the notes to get cigarettes. So funny now."
"I wish we had a store like that now for my grandchildren to go to. I miss my little brown paper bag of candy."
"My grandmother (Mrs. Scalise) worked hard and did extra things like driving to DiCamillo’s 3 times a week, keeping newspapers for regulars behind the counter, and the steno notepad she kept to run a tab when customers needed a break.
Thank-you everyone for your positive comments."
"A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him..." ... Matthew 12:35
Look for the bad, you'll find it. Look for the good, you'll find that, too. It just may take a little more time, but oh, how worth it. We still can create a good life these days, you know.
And here's something else very worth remembering--
Want to take a longer trip down Memory Lane (and you're on Facebook)? Go here. Wow.