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Miss Schmidts Candy Store...
by Ed Matlack
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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She was a lady in her, I guess, sixties,

I can barely recall now that I am in my fifties,

But I know she was the nicest to us kids,

She sold penny candy & stuff, no fibs…


I remember those dot candies on paper,

And wax bottles filled with sugar water,

And jaw breakers that did just that,

She sold to every son and daughter,

I don’t remember that candy ever making us fat…


Her store was a block from my house,

On the main street Landis Ave,

That was back when Sea Isle was still nice,

No condo’s, just nice family homes,

Quiet in winter months, places to roam,

Busier in summer, still everything cost a low price…

© ed J 6/10/08


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/15/2008
Fond memories well-shared, Ed. Thank you. Love and peace,

Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/12/2008
Nice memoir Ed, reminds me of my mother-in -law, had a store just like that...Now I'm remembering those days;-)
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 6/11/2008
Brother...where are gone those days? tell me, so I can go back there and be happy again because then I didn't knew anything...

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/11/2008
I surely do miss those Good Old Days, Bro.
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 6/10/2008
This is a great memory Ed...I remember our country store that sold penny candy...I would collect me a whole wagon of pop bottles and cash them in for the was a wooden floor inside and it creaked when you walked on it...some places you could see the gound below...great write sir.

Reviewed by Tom Hyland 6/10/2008
a tisket a tasket, I filled my yellow basket - with penny candy!

good walk down Memory Lane - our store was Deiner's - a veritable Candy Cornicopia!

HOMEMADE: peanut butter pinwheels, candy sweet potatoes, pulled taffy, Jordan almonds, chocolates, plus all the normal trademarked goodies.

Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 6/10/2008
Oh...great memories of innocent times...but I go back much farther! Ofttimes...seems like yesterday, Ed...all those tempting candies in glass-front display cases with three long glass shelves! Would have two pennies and took 10 minutes to make selection :o) Tootsie Pops, licorice sticks, root-beer barrels, chicken-legs, peppermint sticks added to what you mention...and so much more...heavenly tastes for a child, and still, for this adult/kid LOL Thanks for the memories, friend.
Blessings and Love ~~ the droolin'-kid Micke
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/10/2008
My father had a grocery store with penny candy for sale til I was 9 years old. I used to help him in his store. It was a small corner store. Mom moved him away cause she never got time for them to go away from it. He made lots of friends who came each night. I remember a man would bring his black dog and I'd feed that dog a piece of candy each night. That dog soon got used to it and wanted his walk to the store. I can remember those days were so good and now gone.
Reviewed by richard cederberg 6/10/2008
Ed ...
I will have to admit that this is one of your best. great memories; and they're the kind that everyone that used to be a kid can relate too. Well done brother!
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 6/10/2008
Fortunately, Ed, you (and we) can still enjoy those days
in the memories expressed in your poem. Thanks. - Gene.
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 6/10/2008 cow, mary jane, squirrel you took me back to Miss Addies store.
Reviewed by Scott Zachary 6/10/2008
Thanks for resurrecting some forgotten sweet memories. I used to love those wax bottles of sugar water.

Nice write!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/10/2008

You bring back memories of our own candy store - the convenience shop 'round the corner - when penny candy really WAS - thanks. :) And now everything good is bad for you - sad.

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