At Paul's Pharmacy.
|Low-quality picture taken from the Internet. Actual Paul's Pharmacy.|
We would stand in that candy aisle forever, blinking as our pupils adjusted, shivering as the air-conditioning sucked the sweat from our limbs. One dime bought an Airhead, a nickel bought a Bazooka or a Tootsie Pop. It was $.40 for a Snicker bar, $.80 for a Symphony bar, and a quarter would buy you a whole bag of Brach's.
Those. Were the days.
And now I am seeing the whole thing played out again in the lives my kids. Only they don't live in the Maplewood neighborhood of Holland, MI. They live in a neighborhood called Tong Zi Lin, in a city of 12-million people, in the middle of East Asia.
|The walk to their "Paul's Pharmacy" takes them through 'concrete park'|
|That is a kite.|
|The fruit stand they pass every time they walk to their "Paul's Pharmacy."|
|The road they walk beside on their way.|
|Sabrina's, which is their "Paul's Pharmacy"|