Country Roads

Jack’s Cookies and RC Cola was a weekly treat that we looked forward to as little boys. My dad farmed strawberries in rural Tangipohoa Parish in the 1960’s and there was a gas station about a mile away that sold snacks and soft drinks too. Mom would take us there in the car and sometimes she would let us walk to the store. Those days were my favorites, the days that she let us walk there. My brothers and my cousins would take the trip on foot and along the way we would laugh and talk and tell stories and avoid the occasional car that would pass. When we finally arrived at the little country gas station we were ready for a cold drink. That’s what we called soft drinks back then “cold drinks”. I would always get the same thing on these trips. I would buy an RC Cola and a Jack’s cookie. Together they cost about .10 cents. At that time RC Cola came in a bottle and Jack’s cookies came unwrapped and were displayed in a large glass cookie jar. On those hot summer days so long ago the pleasure of walking down country roads with cousins and brothers and with cold drinks and cookies in hand seemed just about perfect. In those moments all was right with the universe. 

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Doug McAllister