Friday, October 14, 2011

Gormania, West VA
“How long a minute is, depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on.” ~ Zall’s Second Law

Or any door, for that matter...This door has seen the passing of many minutes, weeks, months, and years. Someone lovingly decorated the ornate knob, made in an age when Americans still made quality products with pride, with plastic beads, perhaps bought in some Woolworth's long ago, in a small town whose streets were lined with oak trees that shaded soda fountain drug stores that sold penny candy, mom and pop stores that carried made-in-America clothing and pretty hand-made hair ribbons for girls, diners that served homemade buttermilk biscuits, and hardware stores where men gathered in early dew mornings over pot-bellied stoves and drank black coffee while discussing politics before heading to work on farms or coal mines or train stations. This door knob still sings Made in America, with pride. And the beads, even though plastic, whether bought at a long-gone wooden-floored Woolworth's or at an everything-made-somewhere-else Walmart, were a gift to the lonely door knob from someone who understands both beauty and time, and perhaps loneliness.

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