Sunday, September 4, 2011
The Lunch Counter
Last week after Hurricane Irene made her visit I took my Mother- in-Law and kids downtown. Downtown Fuquay Varina that is. I wanted to take them to visit a couple little stores like the Lazy Lion Used Bookstore, a thrift store and Elliott's Pharmacy for an Orangeade!
Elliott's Pharmacy takes you back to a day where you had simple sandwiches like pimento cheese and BLT's. You could get a cold Coca-Cola or an Orangeade and thick milkshakes were mixed up in no time. You could relax in a booth or sit right at the counter. Lots of choices.
While my Mother- in- Law was here she was reading the book The Help. ( I had already read it.) She told me that she used to work at a lunch counter just like this one. She was asked to put a black persons lunch in a bag not on a plate like a white persons. She was 17 at the time. I know prejudice still exists in all forms, but I hope we never have to feel the way those in the book did or in real life like my Mother-in-Law. Be a Skeeter.