Nostalgia & Memories
When I was living on Avenue du Parc in Montreal during the 1960s, my parents had a grocery store (called Frank’s Grocery). It was an arrangement where the store was out front and we lived in the back in a fairly large house. The store had a coke machine, similar to the one in the photo, which kept the bottles cold via circulating chilled water. On a hot Summer day, there was something wonderful , even redemptive and restorative, in grabbing an ice-cold Coke (in green glass bottles) from the water, pulling it out and placing the bottle next to your skin, before putting the bottle to your lips and taking a long, hard swig of “the real thing.” Yes, after this brief moment in time you were refreshed, restored and feeling human, again.