Revisiting the Five and Dime of My Childhood

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The dreams of the night sometimes bring us such surprising moments. I was recently treated to a special visit from my past, the Five and Dime Store of my childhood. It was the day of my son’s wedding. It was my second COVID wedding of a child that year; nothing simple about that. I was filled with so many emotions to see another one of my “babies” all grown up and ready to commit himself to a life-long soulmate.

I am in Chicago on Morse Avenue, where I grew up. I see stores, but I seem to be searching for a very specific one. I don’t recognize some of them. I then see one that is off in the distance and head to it. It is the five and dime store of my childhood. I enter this treasure house of interesting items. When I am inside, a young guy shows me something posted on the wall about a study. The guy has been involved in it and explains it to me.

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Eugene Field Elementary School
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There was a trick to licking a cone on a warm Chicago night; slow enough to enjoy the moment, but fast enough to catch the drips from the melting delicacy.

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Our dreams are powerful. They remind us that the transformative moments of our lives remain deep inside to comfort and delight us.

Robin B. Zeiger is a practicing Jungian psychoanalyst and a free-lance writer.

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