I live in a small rural town in mid-Missouri and have lived here since I was 9. I'm 46 now. When we first moved to town 37 years ago the population was about 1,200. We had 3 restaurants in town; 2 fast food (A & W and Dairy Queen) and 1 sit down restaurant. As a teenager most of us in town worked at Dairy Queen. My two sisters and I all worked there. In fact my oldest sister and I worked there for about 10 years. They paid really well, worked with our schedules and let us quit to try a career change, have babies, or whatever we were doing. The owner always welcomed us back when we needed a job.
Yesterday they tore down Dairy Queen and now a piece of the past is gone for many of us. I've been on Facebook with my friends and it's funny how everyone is reacting. It was after all just a restaurant but to us it was a huge part of our lives.
Makes you remember the good old days.