Save More, Shop at Findley’s Store

Me in a shopping cart.
Me in a shopping cart.

I mentioned before that Gihon Springs Grocery was a big part of our lives when I was growing up in rural south Alabama.  After all, it was the main source of livelihood for my family, and it had been in my family for two generations.  Papa Findley had established it.  (I need to find out the details from Mom of when and how it was founded.)

The facade of the store was made of glass windows, and Mom used to make big sales signs out of butcher paper.  There was a long banner that ran at the top of the store windows and across the transom of the glass doors.  They promised, “Save More, Shop at Findley’s Store.”  That used to greatly bother me when I was a child.  Because I wasn’t a Findley.  I was an M. 

Mom countered, “But I am a Findley.  It’s my maiden name.”

Her assurance did me no good.  I thought that we should get a new sign that said, “Save More, Shop at M’s Store.”

Aunt Dossie is holding me (7 months old). Can you see the 'Shop at' at the top of the glass doors?  Looks like the old door could use a paint job!
Aunt Dossie is holding me (7 months old). Can you see the ‘Shop at’ at the top of the glass doors? Looks like the old door could use a paint job!
You can see part of the "Save More..." sign at the top of the window, behind Dad and me.
You can see part of the “Save More…” sign at the top of the window, behind Dad and me.
Ben, on his way back to college at Auburn University.  Check out those acid-washed shorts!
Ben, on his way back to college at Auburn University. Check out those acid-washed shorts!

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