The Story of Our Childhood
by the Children of
Donald Graham Dick and Bertha May Neisinger Dick"


      The "big" town of White Center was our destination every time Daddy got his pay check. Besides the usual shopping at Oren's Food Mart, another favorite place was the Wigwam Store. With a big fake wigwam sitting on top of the building, you could see it from a long ways away, and in the days before K-Mart and WalMart, it was the place with the best prices for families like us. In the summertime, another attraction in White Center was the amusement park. It was very tiny. There must have been more, but the only rides I can remember are the Merry-Go-Round and the Ferris Wheel. How I loved that Ferris Wheel. Of course, it was nothing like the huge 5 to 6 story high Ferris Wheels they have in the big amusement parks today. But it seemed so high to me then that I felt I could see everything. That was the ride I wanted to go on.

      Then there was the 5 & 10 cent store. There were so many interesting "little" things there. For kids with only a few cents to spend, that was the place to go. At the end of the trip, there was always one more hope for us kids. Sometimes - not always, but sometimes - Daddy would turn into Lou's Drive-In for 19 cent hamburgers. Now this was before there was MacDonalds Hamburgers and Lou's Drive-In was where we all wanted to go. But Daddy didn't always stop there. Each week we kids thought we needed to give him a reminder that we were getting close to Lou's. We knew that our parents didn't like us to beg them to stop, but as we got close to Lou's we all would start to say,
                                      "Clicka - Clicka - Clicka."
That was the sound of the turn signal and we hoped it would remind Daddy to turn into Lou's. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't, but I suspect that Daddy and Mother had made their own decision long before they heard any "Clicka's" from us.

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