For some reason, today has been one for nostalgia. We have been traveling across South Dakota, and are parked on the rim of The Badlands for a few days. We had been in this area back in 2001 (before 9/11), enjoying the countryside and the scenery. But I digress.
While we were traveling some childhood memories came back: probably because of the billboard signs for Wall Drug Store. The billboards mention so many amenities, it reminded me of the Village Green Pharmacy in Aston, Pennsylvania. We had a lunch counter, a small general store, the pharmacy, and a soda fountain.
Some of the neighborhood kids and I would to there and order a soft drink called a “Rickie.” It was a blend of natural fruit juice, carbonated water, a frosted glass, and a straw with a cherry on top. We loved it. Then the bars came out with an alcoholic beverage by the same name and the pharmacy changed it to something that escapes my memory now. Alas, my recall has moved away. I think this pharmacy at some point changed its name to Gramarcy Press, or maybe I’m remembering something else. Who knows?
One day I walked from my house on Crystal Road to Village Green to visit my friend, Sharon Thompson. I think Linda Pappi and Patricia Zebley lived in that area too. Anyway, I found my way there, but I got lost going home. It took hours for me to find my way back. I nearly panicked but I made it. My mom was mad because I was late, but when I explained why I was late she got over it. I never went to Sharon’s house again. Staying in the Old and New Ridges was much easier.
If you’re from Aston (or if you just like the post) give me a shout. I have lots of great memories and remember most everyone I went through Green Ridge Elementary, Brookhaven Jr. High, and our sixth graders at Sun Valley with.
Maybe I’ll share Girl Scout memories next time.