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Eudora Welty


Music: Chicago,




I finally watched a news story

That joyously brightened my day

A tiny family owned hardware store

Outlasted a corporate giant – Hooray!


This occurred in a small town in Vermont

And it appears to now be a growing trend

Family run enterprises, making a comeback

And I hope it’s a movement that will not end


And what delightful memories this stirred

Of the many Mom & Pops of my childhood

Fabulous little family owned establishments

Priding themselves in providing quality goods


How I fondly remember Mr. Honig’s Hardware

Where my Dad often sent me for plumbing parts

And Mrs. Pugh’s very delightful old grocery store

Where Grandma sent me for fresh artichoke hearts


And the quaint old drug store just down the street

Where my Grandpa got his cigars and his medicine

The owner, old Mr. Kowalski, provided credit to him

And Grandpa would pay him, when his check came in


And in our old neighborhood, what truly marvelous old bakeries

Each of them providing such truly scrumptious, ethnic delicacies

Glorious Italian, German, Polish, Irish, French, and Oriental pastry

Just thinking about their many mouth watering goods fills me with glee


And today, I still prefer a tiny, family owned, Italian or Mexican restaurant

Over the gigantic, nationwide, tasteless, corporate owned, restaurant chains

Where Papa Joe or Mamma Juanita still meticulously prepare a family dish

And I continue to avoid corporate owned and mass produced like the plague


America’s many Mom & Pop businesses truly helped build this vast nation

Providing honesty, and integrity, and family guarantees, each & every day

These days, I’ll still go out of my way to patronize existing Mom & Pops

You can have your corporate giants, I prefer ‘family owned’ in every way



I finally watched a news story

That joyously brightened my day;

A tiny, family owned, hardware store,

That outlasted a corporate giant – Hooray!




©2008, Mr. Ed  

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Reviewed by D Johnson 5/11/2008
Ed, having lived in many parts of the USA, I remember all too well the various Mom & Pops that made this country great.

Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 5/9/2008
Best in life is a wonderful comeback like this. Hope it will grow and grow
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/8/2008
Hoorah at last! Could say it is one for the little guy and I am very happy to learn of this. Hope and pray this new trend will continue, it is long over due....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 5/8/2008
Ed, this brought back so many memories of the Mom & Pop stores...they treat you like you are appreciated and it gives them such honor to serve their customers. If you can't pay on the day you buy, you paid them later and they never batted an eye about giving you the credit until payday. This is such a great writing.
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 5/8/2008

As a kid in South Bawlmer - corner of Light & Barney Sts. - 2 groceries, both Jewish - Jack's & Kagle's - 2 bars - Little Joe's & Jim's - one block away N, Barney & Byrd - 2 more Jewish groceries - Fishbein's & Marty's - one block E - another Jewish store - one block S - another bar, Kohlhoff's - ALL gave credit on the cuff - ALL Jewish or German - ALL with families, and whose kids you went to school with - ALL who would provide 'odd jobs' so a kid could make a few nickles - stocking shelves, or sweeping floors, or washing windows -

Most ALL GONE - ceptin' 2 bars!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/8/2008
This brought back so many memories of my own childhood here in a small Canadian town as well Ed, I too can rememer the smaller family run stores and also when we were lucky enough to go to Main ST the lovely 5 and 10 Store where vanilla cokes and real french fries were the rule not the exception.
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 5/8/2008
Family owned gives a sense of togetherness and a touch of nostaliga... Great write!.......M
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 5/8/2008
I agree,, I love the family owned stores and diners,, Quaint.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/8/2008
Me, too, Ed, me, too - no arguement HERE.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

They're not just "Mom and Pops," they're FAMILY.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 5/8/2008
i love this and completely agree with your sentiments
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/8/2008
I agree Ed and I too have similar memories,and I support those neighborhood buisnesses when I can. However, we know that the masses of people need to work and their jobs depend on large corporations, so I'm just glad we still have a choice.

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/8/2008
Down in my home town, Sea Isle City, NJ, is a gift shop that has everything like newspapers, candy, beach stuff and holiday stuff that has been there since I was a best friend owns and runs it with his sisters & family and we have to hope it stays there permanently...Ed
Reviewed by William Bonilla 5/8/2008
A fantastic write Ed
takes me back to some well known Mom & pops
Of my days too
Peace be with you

Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 5/8/2008
I'm so with you on this, Ed! Wonderfully said, and reminder to all to take time and search these out. Main reason I DO NOT patronize Wal-Mart - I love my "Mom and Pop"s: burger 'joints'; bakeries (mmmmmm); ethnic restaurants; kitchen-item stores; hardware-store; farm/seed stores; old bookstores; ethnic groceries...that's where I love to shop. Would rather pay those few cents more and keep 'em in business!! And most items there are U.S.ofA. made!! Delighted to read this...
Blessings and Love ~~ Micke
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 5/8/2008
Amen, Ed, the blessings of similar memories are deeply felt here. There's an old grocery store here where you still go up to the counter to have the butchers get you what you want. The quality of meat and produce there is better than the chains and often the prices are as well. The owner tells me they are suffering because Walmart opened a super store 30 miles from here. The people are so propagandized that they go to Walmart over this unique, quality store that is simply irreplaceable. They only things they might get cheaper at Walmart are the pre-packaged, pre-prepared foods that don't do their health much good anyway. I'd certainly stick the old family farms in your type of write along with the small merchants.....Jerry
Reviewed by Seed4ever D. 5/8/2008
Good write Mr. Ed yah I remmeber my old pool hall with spittoons and copper wires with wooden beads nice , there all gone now, got to spit in the bathroom I guess, have a great day Seed
Reviewed by larry linville 5/8/2008
You certainly took me down memory lane when we used to go to town on Saturdays. The Dime store, the ice cream parlor, etc. Thanks.

Reviewed by stan nassano 5/8/2008
thanks ed, comming from a background of a mom and pop business,and family,starting work at age 5 sorting pop bottles and sweping floors,
every lady in the neighborhoood knew me and my 2 brothers,it jsut sees wrong to go into a store now a says,that sells live fishing worms next to the tv's microw waves and panties asile ,that just seems wrong to me so.thanks for reminding us of the way it used to be,
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 5/8/2008
This is what our nation needs. Great write.
God bless,
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 5/8/2008
Those were the days Ed, but they are long gone, so sad that those little shops don't live anymore. I too have the fond memories of Batten's Hardware and Fleets Conveient store, long gone but always remembered, Thank you for taking us back with your great write.

Newfie hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 5/8/2008
I relish the positive within this write! And, I am not surprised that the shoppe of which you speak is in Vermont - one of my favorite places (I used to live there). I agree with you wholeheartedly about the appeal of family-run businesses and your poem sparked many memories of my own. This write has become my favorite of yours!
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/8/2008
Ours was Signore Nebbia, a Napolitan (and proud of it) family man that was like another grandfather.
I never had much for Malls, still don't, I think I am too old to kiss corporations behinds...
Thanks for the remembrances, PeeWee.

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/8/2008
Your poem described the little town I live in. The only problem, the little Mom and Pop shops don't last long because "downtown" just don't draw the trade and you see little shops closing all the time until some other entrepreneur comes along and gives his wares a go at it. But there is something quaint and friendly about all those little shops.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/8/2008
Ain't nothin' quite like family, Ed; very well penned! BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
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