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I wrote about our shop in Strijp where ham is cut where you stand. But in Heeze, a village nearby, there is also a place where time has stood still: drugstore Van der Linden, next to the flower shop.
A drugstore where you can't pay with ATM, where all amounts are even added by hand.
I came there looking for a supplier for the ingredients for my health paste that I have been eating every morning for the past 40 years and with which I tell everyone you live to become a 100 years.
She, because a woman is in charge there, said that she had only one kind in stock and the rest she would order. So I am now a regular customer because of that 100 years.
That shop still breathes the atmosphere of the past. With its glass bottles with ground stoppers. On the counter there is a neat pile of blank square papers where the additions are done with a pencil. At the end of the day she can still see what is converted.
An older person, like me, is undergoing this as a blessing because you experience something of the past that seemed gone for good and now suddenly still exists.
The younger generation will find this ridiculous and outdated, they join the daily ratrace where you excel if you master the latest trends.
Do you know what vlogging is ? No? Then you’re behind the times, no longer with it.
But those of you who are never have rest, always making sure that you can join in with the latest news. Always working with your mobile phone if you sit or stand somewhere still. Always with those thumbs playing your screen.
From the outside views those ratracers don’t seem at ease. But they do not have a history yet, they are working to build a private lifestyle, to make their own history. But it is also a repetition of what we ourselves have done just as hard. Then with other resources and a tad less pace. So there is nothing wrong with that, it used to be different but was certainly not better.
©Max Farjon 2017
Leende, 28, 2017
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