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The Sound Of A Horn by Ann Stasiak

About 60 years ago, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at exactly 3 o'clock the horn would start. It was the most beautiful sound in the world. My heart began to beat faster as I flew out the front door looking up the street toward that magical sound. The Helm's Bakery Truck would come rolling down the street, horn blaring, women and children running from their houses, arms waving at the truck as it approached.

The truck would stop at each house and the women would take home goodies by the arm load. My aunt was no exception, she would step into the truck and drawer after drawer of cakes, cookies, buns, and bread would appear. I was all anticipation as I eyed the goodies and my glands started salivate. I was a little kid and when I walked in the truck I could taste everything just by looking.

My aunt would look over at me and ask me what I would like. My answer in words named one or two things but my eyes named everything. She would laugh and seemed to buy some of everything. I stood there dumbfounded. As if needing to explain, she would say; Uncle Joe likes his sweets! Later that night we selected something for dessert and it seemed heavenly.

In 1973 I went to Los Angeles for a visit and much to my disappointment, there was announcement that the Helm's Bakery was closing its doors forever. It was the end of an era and a little less joy in the world.

Originally Posted (Jul 02, 2002)


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