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NATIVE PLACES: THE NEWSLETTER

A collection of thoughts and hand-drawn sketches that illustrate the value of looking closely at buildings and places.

 

Native Places: YumYum
 

YumYum
One with everything
 
When she was in her eighties, my mother invited me to lunch at YumYum Ice Cream on Spring Garden Street in Greensboro, North Carolina. I was a child the last time I went there with her. Back then, it was a hole-in-the-wall kind of place filled with the clatter of aluminum spoons, the smell of ammonia, and ice cream scoops the size of a grapefruit.

That was then. The YumYum that greeted us this time had a menu board with plastic letters, a TV in the corner, and a whiff of dried chocolate milk.

Mom ordered hot dogs with all the “fixings” for both of us, which I declined. I’d become a food prissy.

After lunch I left for the mountains and Mom returned to her retirement home knowing that I didn’t share her taste anymore -- a lifetime of memories scraped away like leftovers off a plate. I wish I’d realized then that companionship was far more important than being right.

Mom is gone now but YumYum is still there. I think I’ll go by for a hot dog next time I’m in town.

One with everything on it.

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