I've blogged before about the rural farm in Glade Springs my family inhabited when I was seven years old. That year of my life is rich with memories and adventures. While it was likely my parents' least favorite place we ever lived, from a kid's point of view it was my favorite.
Down the rural backroads, in the middle of nowhere, was a little store. You know the type. Fits "Mom and Pop" to a tee. I don't recall the real name of this place, but my brother Taylor called it The Sucker Doggie store. So that's what we always called it. We'd be driving past and my brother would start hollering, "Sucker Doggie Store!" and then we'd have to stop.
He called it the Sucker Doggie Store because when you went inside the suspender-clad elderly man who ran the place had a sidekick in the form of a bassett hound, lazing on the floor. Taylor loved that dog. And before we left, the owner would always give Taylor a lollipop for the road.
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