My random thought this week in Hodgepodge was the wish to just sit down with and have a good conversation with a friend. It never seems to happen because everybody is so busy.
Today my wish was fulfilled with my dear friend, a/k/a sister-in-love. RuthAnn is an incredibly smart, successful, sweet, and spunky lady who resides in Hawaii, but makes a couple of trips to Big D a couple of times a year. This is one busy lady with many things happening on her business and social calendar, so I feel privileged to have spent time with her again on this trip!
First stop was lunch at Fernando's Mexican cuisine where we munched on chips and sampled four different salsas before our lunch of enchiladas with the standard rice and refried beans. It was delicious.
After lunch, we walked around the shops on Travis Street in Highland Park. RuthAnn bought a cute, frilly apron and I bought space robot Popsicle molds for the kids. It is always fun to hang out with RuthAnn. Last time we were together, we checked out the Nebraska Furniture Mart.
Somehow the topic of drugstores and soda fountains came up during our conversation. We were reminiscing about drugstores in our childhood, the soda fountains, the stools at the counter and the crisp, clean smells there. I shared with her my memories of my sister and I carrying pop bottles or glass milk jugs to the grocery store to redeem them and then making our way over to the drugstore to spend our windfall of about 20 cents on a chocolate soda which we then shared.
Uh-oh, look what just happened to be on Travis Street!
RuthAnn always strikes a lovely pose
|Mine tasted just as I remembered from way back when.|
Let's see now. A chocolate soda back in 1963 was 20 cents!
Today? $4.99 each!
I'm not sure what a pop bottle is worth these days,
and I don't think milk is packaged in glass jugs any longer,
so I don't know how many empties I would have to redeem for these yummy treats.
What a great day!
The soda was worth it for the sake of the memory,
but enjoying it with this special friend was the deal of the day.