Posted in Lymerick, March 2016

Shield’s Grocery

Limerick about a childhood memory
Original Poetry by Leona J. Atkinson ©2016
Photograph from Newport Township Historical Society

This post is just about one of those childhood memories that happens to pop into your head randomly…. and I thought it was worth recording.
Shield’s Grocery was a tiny one room grocery store in the small village of Wadsworth, IL. which was near where I grew up.
It was run by a local lady whose name was “Gracie Shields”, her mom had run the store before her.  It is no longer in operation, but my memory of it was every Sunday before attending the local church we would stop at “Gracie’s” store to purchase the Sunday Paper.  We never got anything else.  No one ever went inside except my dad, and we always stopped on the way to church not after church because then it was too busy and crowded because a lot of church people stopped on the way home.  Once home, everyone got their favorite section of the Sunday paper to read, mine of course, was the Sunday Funnies. 🙂


A born and raised Midwesterner who traveled to Oregon in 2006 via the Oregon Trail route, fell in love with Oregon and now call it home. I am retired and pursuing my life long dream of becoming a Freelance Inspirational Writer.

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