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The candy store

Laying in front of the candy store
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One of the best things about growing up was that my grandparents had a candy store. It was your basic neighborhood shop selling candy, papers and of course egg-creams at the small luncheonette counter. My grandparents lived down the alley, out back of the store. They'd owned the place for about 35 years, even through the Depression, which they got through by selling black market cigarettes.

For me and my brother, the place was a goldmine. Grandpa used to let us hang out in the phone booth and read every comic book in the rack as long as we didn't mess up the covers. Each year he'd also give us a full set of Topps basebal cards. But the biggest deal was the rubber balls. My grandma would let me take a couple on every visit, and for special occassions, she'd give me a full dozen in the unopened box. I'd come home, hop out of the car with the goods, and all the guys would start whooping it up like I'd found some kind of treasure chest.

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