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A Name From The Past

I love E-bay.

You just never know what will show up on that site.  I have saved searches for my hometown (Bacon’s Castle), county (Surry), as well as the town we now live in (Smithfield).

Last week, a simple little matchbook appeared in the Bacon’s Castle search.

Here’s why finding this little matchbook was special to me:

Those of you who know me well know that my father died when I was an infant. Mom and I lived in the country, several miles from the nearest town. And Mom couldn’t afford a new car by any stretch of the imagination. So it goes without saying that she had many issues through the years with the cars she owned.

Although for much of that time, I was just a child with no concept of adult responsibilities, I knew that it was upsetting to Mom when her car was out of commission.

“Berkley Poole” operated a tiny gas station/repair shop within a couple of miles of where we lived.  I remember him as a short, mild-mannered gentleman who always came when Mom called. I’m certain that most of those calls were to start her car.

So finding this matchbox on E-bay made me smile even though those memories are somewhat bittersweet.

~These Days Of Mine~