My First Date

I saw an online meme today that evoked the memory of my first real date. It was with a girl named Ada and involved me asking her to share a glass of Coke-Cola with me at a soda shop. I was in first grade and Ada second. The nickel for the soft drink came from cashing in a quart milk jug at Jamra’s grocery. Like lots of kids of my era the bottle came from a neighbor’s front porch. The two of us sat in a booth and enjoyed one Coke with two straws. Kind of a Lady and the Tramp moment.


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