Monday, September 26, 2011

the country mall.



Hands have been shaken, backs have been jovially slapped, a tired soul has rested his self there after a hot day in the field. Jokes have been swapped, new neighbors have been informally introduced, a kind word or even a reproving one has been uttered from this spot. Hunting stories are shared, football predictions and after-game discussions are a ritual here. The latest community gossip can always be heard, as can also weather forecasts and how well area gardens are faring. Coffee has been sipped, as well as spilled, but this ole perch never complains.

Its black rustic, metal frame has been placed there in the same spot for these past twelve years I’ve lived in this country community. Never once have I seen it moved from that exact spot in front of the counter. The paint may be peeling, the cushion may have stains and lost its fluff, but that black stool is a favorite spot of any local to take a load of their feet or a trouble off their mind. You can count on Ms. Betty or Ms. Sharon being behind that counter with a listening ear or a hearty laugh. You can count on a point-of-view exclaimed too as the stool sits often silent with an occasional squeak.

People may come and go and the store may close for the night, but you can always count on that old black stool to welcome you when you come in for coffee at the break of dawn or in the morning light.


wish i had a picture of the stool! pictures of the country "mall" where the stool calls home is the best i could do.


13 comments:

Purposely at Home said...

that's our hang-out. :D i personally like the wooden bench out front....with a coke in hand. :) love, love, love this.

Laura Elizabeth said...

This is so far removed from where I live! Loved getting an insight into a small town.

my soul is the sky said...

wow yeah this was so neat. reminds me of when I was little and we'd go camping and stop in a small town for lunch. way cool.

Kayla Rose said...

I wish you lived in Texas too! Would have been fun to have you there. :-) And thanks! I had a GREAT birthday.

P.S. Love this post. I love your little "mall." I really like how you see beauty in the smallest things.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

I love places that make you feel at "home" happy to have found your cute blog!

Jadyn said...

Oh how I love this! If only buildings and chairs could talk, right? Your way of describing the chair also paints a lovely picture of small-town life. I love your writing!

the lovebirds said...

I am hoping you got my comment from earlier! I can't find it. so in case you didn't, thanks for your comment! it made my day. I'll be sure to visit your blog often. you are adorable! xoxo

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Sounds like small town living to me!

Kayla B. said...

Awww, Mem this is too cute!! You make it come to life in my mind. lol

Betsy said...

Thanks for your comment! And what a cute reflection on life in a small town!

Leontien said...

haha that is small town living alright! I remember in Holland we had a place and all the elderly would "hang" there!

Thanks
Leontien

Nicole said...

gotta lululuve small towns!

and i wanted to let you know that i tagged you on our blog today for a little game of sharing 7 random bits about yourself. you can check it out if you'd like!

xoxo

Annie said...

this is something i never experienced, having grown up in the suburbs of detroit. i wonder what it'd be like sometimes, being a part of such a small community.