Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Johnnie's One Stop Shop

I'm getting back into the swing of painting again. This little painting will be listed on eBay this evening. I can't add the link to this title until the listing starts, so I will do that this evening.
Remember the good 'ole days when you could buy pop from a chest type cooler on the porch of the store. One stop shopping wasn't like Wal-Mart is today. It was a place where people got together in front of a pot bellied stove to get warm and chat with friends. A general store stocked all kinds of items from groceries to hunting gear.
Johnnie's is the "One Stop Shop" in the small town of Melville. It houses a general store, post office, gas station, and gossip corner. Johnnie O'Brien is also the town's mayor, head of the decorating committee, and the postmaster. He and his wife Clarissa live in the red farmhouse just a hop skip and a jump, (with snow shoes on) from the little store. Thelma Clemens has sent her husband Frank Jr. to pick up a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread from the store. He has not been seen since before sunset and she is sure that he and Johnnie have gotten involved in a checkers tournament. Thelma can see his old blue pickup parked in front of the store from her window. Looks like she'll have to put the oldest child Betty Lou in charge of the other children as she heads out to corral him back home.

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