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Sticky Stuff We See Out There

Updated: May 28, 2020

Sign of the Times

This was taken May 23 in my hometown, Trafford, Pa., during my daughter's and my almost-daily 4-mile hike through our town, which was founded by George Westinghouse and set up as a railroad center.

My mom used to tell me stories about how in her day people would get dressed up and take the train to Pittsburgh.

"We wore our best shoes," she'd say. "We wanted to look like we belonged."

My mother remembered Pittsburgh's trolleys. She'd talk about the Tick Tock Cafe in Kaufmann's department store, where she'd get cold bottles of Coke and a pecan roll -- ice cream rolled in pecans and smothered in caramel and hot fudge.

Kaufmann's is closed now, but the clock is still there. I don't know if it still keeps time. I don't think it does. I hope maybe it's frozen, marking a time that was beautiful.

My mom would be almost 90 if she were alive now. She was a nurse. I miss her.

Today a man caught my daughter and me looking into an abandoned storefront. He yelled, "What do you see in there? Is anyone dancing?" And I said, "Someday soon, maybe?"

He said, "I like your optimism."

My mother was a beautiful dancer.

She had lovely legs.

-- Lori Jakiela

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