A reader recently sent me a letter that included a letter written to The Brazil Times in 1989.
I wanted to share with you this letter because I couldn't help but be reminded of my childhood.
The letter was written by Dottie Urbain.
Maybe some of you will think of the "good Ole' days," like I did.
Anyway, here's the letter:
Yes, Christmas is drawing near and G.C. Murphy's doors have been closed. It has been a wonderful store for the young and old.
We're going to miss the people that have shopped with us, especially the senior citizens, who have no place to go to shop.
But thank God they can still walk to Lynn's Pharmacy to shop and get help.
I can remember way back when they would bring the people in from the county farm; back then it was called the poor farm. It was a pleasure for me to wait on them. You would see their eyes brighten up when they could buy for themselves.
Some people don't understand how some people get by, but they would smile and have a little twinkle in their eyes.
Thanks to the Jaycees for the children that we would clothe -- I cannot express how grateful it made me feel to see the children that needed help and got it.
The Jaycees should be thanked and all the people that help out, because we have so many children around that are in need. Also, thanks to the Brazil Fire Department which has bought toys for the needy children from us too.
Also, thanks to The Brazil Times. It has been faithful helping us with our advertising.
I won't forget these 41 years I have worked for the G.C. Murphy Co. in Brazil.
Let us thank God. Some people have plenty to eat, but look around, some aren't as fortunate. So if each would help a needy family at Christmas it would be a wonderful day.
Thanks to Mr. Bowman, our manager, who has been very good also. Thanks to Mr. Jones, our retired manager, for his friendly smile, kindness and personal service.
Also, Riddell Bank for it has been very kind and friendly. Thanks to all the people that have shopped at Murphy's.
Well, I'll close for now, for the doors of G.C. Murphy Co., have closed forever in Brazil, and we're going to miss the people of Brazil for 41 years of good friendship.
So Merry Christmas to all and to all a big thanks. God bless each and everyone.
P.S.: Thanks, girls; you've worked hard through this closing."
I wanted to personally thank Ron Moon for sending me the copy of this letter because, again, it reminded me of my childhood.
In the letter Ron sent me, he referred to G.C. Murphy's as a "dime" store.
I grew up in Owen County and lived in the town of Spencer for several years.
While Spencer has never been the size of Brazil, at one time, there was a store similar to G.C. Murphy's on the town square.
It was called Tresslars Five and Ten Store, otherwise known as The Dime Store.
I can't tell any of you if my family shopped at the store during Christmas time, but it wouldn't surprise me if they had.
I do remember going to the store as a child, desperate to find a way to purchase a new G.I. Joe action figure.
When I was younger, I collected the action figures, along with all the Star Wars figures.
I have an entire box full of them and plan to let James David play with them when he gets older.
For some reason, after reading through this letter, I specifically recalled a time when I was probably 10.
I was on a mission. I had to get that new G.I. Joe character, I think by the name of Flash.
I got it.
There was a pony inside this store as well. Ironically, it cost a dime for a ride.
There was another store on the square in Spencer while I was growing up that this letter reminded me of as well.
Moss and Money Drug Store sold the best fountain drinks money could buy. At least at the time.
I remember going there before starting the paper route to buy one.
Those just made your day.
Times change, people grow older and businesses come and go.
But these memories never fade. They never go away.
These are the types of moments I intend to share with James David.
Maybe one day, I'll take him in to Lynn's Pharmacy and we'll have a fountain drink.
And I'll be able to tell him his dad went to a similar place while growing up, sharing fountain drinks with his mom and dad.
It's these moments that I look forward to the most.