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Senior Moments: Food memories and big-box stores

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Friday, June 29, 2018

It takes little to entertain the average senior citizen.

Figure that we usually eat three times a day plus snacks. That takes about four waking hours a day.

Then at least one soap opera and nap time plus Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. That’s about four hours a day. Then some phone calls. Oh, and games on the computer.

Most of us sleep a minimum of eight hours a night. So where am I going with this?

Advice for seniors is “Every once in a while, take the scenic route.”

Go to one of our “big box” stores, grab a cart and enjoy the view for about two hours. It’s fun to just look around. We love to say, “where does the time go?”

Many remember the first rumors of a Walmart coming here. That was nine years ago, and it finally was born last week.

I like to compare it to nine months of pregnancy. It seemed to us moms as if it were nine years instead of nine months, what with all the side effects, expectations and preparation.

Then came the final arrival of that sweet baby; just like our newest box store. Lots of labor beforehand too!

Wikipedia reminds us that the first box store in the United States arrived in 1962 in Grand Rapids, Mich., built by Dutch immigrant Frederik Meijer. He is credited with being the first to develop a superstore, or combination grocery/department store.

It’s still based in Michigan with stores in the Midwest. Some have confused the origin of our Fred Meyer with this chain. Yes, a few coincidences, but only the initials F.M.

It’s not Warrenton’s first big-box store. I went to our newest box store on opening day, standing out in the rain for half an hour.

I forgave them as, finally, the doors opened. Just for fun, I checked out the deli and, what to my wandering eyes should appear, but two long tubes of bologna. One of my other big box stores had quit carrying bologna.

Having been brought up years ago, bologna was a regular staple in our home. Probably all of us born in the ‘30s and ‘40s ate a lot of bologna and raised our kids on it and still love it.

That was my very first purchase at our newest box store.

I know, we seniors are an odd bunch. Some weekends our only goal is to go to a yard sale and buy three things that cost less than a dollar each.

It doesn’t take much to excite us.


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