Thursday, October 09, 2008

Margie's Luncheonette

Let's talk a bit more about Margie's Luncheonette.  Especially now that I'm in seventh grade and more and more of my friends spend time there.  The counter is at the front and is usually full in the morning with working men having coffee and a bite or not.  In the afternoon the booths were full of older elementary students and then finally after the buses from Gateway arrived; the high school students.
Margie's was both a town meeting place and a place to learn to be cool.  What to drink, what to eat, how to dress, how to talk, what music to hear, what music not to hear.  You were allowed to go there or you weren't by your parents.  A lunch at Margie's was a treat.
I remember my grandmother Glading asking where Margie was and getting a long convoluted answer.  Where she was, was not there.  The waitresses were older and smoked cigarettes and cracked wise.  The counter man was brusque with us kids but that shouldn't be surprising.  We were fools and who gives a fuck about little kids.
Margie's was where we bought models for ourselves and for birthday gifts.  Margie's was where we bought comics.  Margie's was where we got candy and school supplies and it's the only place in the world where I ever shoplifted.  Yes, it's true.  In seventh grade for about two months I stole erasers and pencils from Margie's.  Like I needed or wanted them.
We ate cheesesteaks and hamburgers and drank shakes and cokes and dreamed of being old.  Had we had a brain and looked at the men at the counter we might have thought twice about that but we were young and stupid and this was the center of Wenonah.  Which made it the center of the universe.  Almost.

6 comments:

carey said...

And we also drank delicious dishwaters at Margie's and added to the historic rainbow-colored layers of gum under the booth tables. And if we had a little extra money in our pockets--what, maybe a nickel or a dime--we'd treat ourselves to a buttered roll in one of the secret back booths.

Anonymous said...

and a nickel would buy an endless stream of paper dots from the candy counter....

Pam Cassidy said...

I drank Chocolate cokes at Margies. And that's where I learned to smoke. Liberated women that I was, I fell in love with the brand "Eve", featuring a longer, slender cigarette imprinted with a naked women. So much for womens rights!

Anonymous said...

Great memories. My grandmother would walk from the school everyday to have lunch there. I had completely forgotten about the gum under the tables at the booths. Great grilled cheese sandwiches.
Keith Kaufman

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