Frances thrown for a loop on visit to a Dollar Store
By Frances Sedgwick
True North Perspective

Frances Sedgwick's keen eye and ear for the human condition reveals the heart and soul of Parkdale in southwest Toronto, one of the country's most turbulent urban areas where the best traditions of human kindness prevail against powerful forces that would grind them down. True North Perspective proudly presents a column by writer Frances Sedgwick. Her critical observation combined with a tender sense of humour will provide you with something to think about ... and something to talk about.

On my way home from the swimming pool this morning I stopped off at the Dollar Store to get a few things.
As I was turning down one isle, I noticed on the end of the isle these packages labled — Just for Her!
My head quickly turned around — sounded familiar I did a double take — sure enough there  they were, packages of condoms. 
$2.00 for a package of condoms.
I spontaneously laughed out loud. 
I couldn't believe it. I couldn't stop laughing. I had always associated condoms with drug stores. A Dollar Store?
Remembering the years of my youth when condoms were kept under the counter and you sheepishly went to the drug store — looked both ways before you quietly asked the person behind the counter what you wanted.
After the purchase you quickly took your package and exited as fast as possible hoping that no one saw you.
Now, as I recall, this was just the boys. No girls that I know of dared to be so brave.
So here we are today with condoms in the Dollar Store.
So taken aback was I that I talked to the nearest person I saw, a handsome well dressed middle aged black gentleman with ear phones in his ears, "Did you see that? Condoms at the end of the isle." 
He took out the ear phones and listened as I repeated, "Condoms, here in the Dollar Store. Sorry. I can't help but laugh, thinking of the old days."
The man also laughed aloud and said, "Don't worry I would have responded as you did too if I had seen them."
Then he added: "I don't know how much I would trust those ones."
He continued, "When I was young I had considered shop lifting a package, not for the sake of stealing but because I was so embarrassed."
Still laughing I went to the front counter to pay for my purchases.  
I said still smiling ,"I see you have condoms now!"
Yes, both clerks, who happend to be women, said, isn't it great. Much safer.
Then one smiled and said, "Just like candy."
My Parkdale

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