Milkshake Memories #Six-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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When I was in the eighth grade, one of my favorite places to go after school was the soda fountain at Brown Drug, on Main Street here in Sheridan, Wyoming. Well, I don’t know if you could call it a soda fountain because food was also served there, and I don’t remember if they actually made sodas, but it was good enough for me. I sat at the counter and ordered a chocolate milk shake. Sometimes, I ran into classmates, and we hung out together. Those milk shakes were heavenly. They don’t make them like that anymore.


Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above true story with her six-sentence prompt for this week. If you’d like to participate in her hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence stories, click here.


And now, here’s the announcement we’ve all been eagerly awaiting. My new novel, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, has been published and is now available in paperback and eBook formats from Amazon and Smashwords, thanks to David and Leonore Dvorkin of DLD Books. Please see below and be sure to click my website link to learn more and get your copy.


New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by DLD Books

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?



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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

25 thoughts on “Milkshake Memories #Six-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp”

  1. love milkshakes and though setup a bit different, I found the South Street Creamier in Morristown N.J and Freddie’s Frozen Custard make some amazing milkshakes.
    Nothing like the old drugstore counters though.
    Congratulations on your new release.

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    1. Thank you, Patty. You’re right. Those drugstore counters are long gone. I have no idea what kids do after school these days except go home and do homework, and I did plenty of that in my younger years as well.


      1. Well, there are lots of after school activities for those who want them. The girl’s and Boy’s club, Scouts and sports too.

        Also the YMCA offers lots of programs.

        There are teen centers and REC centers too.

        Lots of community parks offer things as well.

        But nothing is as good as the drugstore counter. LOL.

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      1. I like getting milkshakes from a creamery. They at least use real ingredients. The malts at our creamery The Marble Slab are to die for. Their shakes and all their ice creams are great too.

        I love that they have an outdoor café as well as indoor seating.

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  2. What a fun place to meet after school. I can well imagine those milkshakes!
    Your Six put me in the time capsule for sure, Abbie. There was a store, Woolworth’s that I would go to with my mom when I was little. Barely remember it but there was a long counter and stools like in a diner, only in a store. What a cool idea 🙂

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    1. We don’t even have an ice cream shop here. In bigger cities where I lived for a while before finally settling here, there was Baskin Robbins, and I loved their ice cream. If you ordered a milk shake, you could choose between chocolate or vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce. I loved the double chocolate when I was a kid, but now, in my old age, I think that would be too rich for me.


      1. Hi Abie and all, maybe it didn’t come through or maybe I’ve not seen your response but I did find a creamery in your town and sent the info here.

        Let me know if you did not see it and I’ll send it again.

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      2. Oh, I didn’t see it. This is why I say technology is like a spouse. You can’t live with it. You can’t live without it. Thank you, anyway. If you want to send it again, that’s fine.


      3. It’s called Cowboy Creamery and it states that it is on Main Street.

        There’s a Facebook page but I think WordPress is seeing that link as spam so I’m not going to copy it again.

        You also have a Dairy Queen Grill and Chill actually you have 4 of them.

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  3. Your SSS took me back through time, recalling some of the places I have gone where there were soda fountains in the drugstores, in creameries, and some of the ice cream stores. In some of them I was sitting beside my mom on a stool at the counter. At others I was a kid sitting in a booth with my family and thinking how fun it would be to sit at the counter. Always the milkshakes were as is said today, to die for. I remember needing to share milkshakes because they were so large. The milkshake was made in a very large metal cup and brought to the customer who poured the milkshake into a glass which was always smaller than the metal cup, so there was plenty, enough to share.

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    1. In my most recently published book, I write of the South street Creamery located in Morristown N.J. It was a wonderful place to go and though they didn’t have an actual soda fountain as in the olden days their milkshakes and malts were incredible.

      Now, if I want such a think here at home I can go to our Marble Slab creamery and get them.

      We also have a place called Freddie’s Frozen Custard which also delivers.

      Freddie’s Frozen Custard is a nation-wide chain so many of you probably have them and don’t even know it.

      They make this dessert called a Concrete Turtle and it is the most scrumptious thing I’ve ever eaten. You can get it in all kinds of different flavors and put all sorts of things in it.

      I like to get the chocolate Concrete Turtle and have hot fudge sauce added and a shot of coffee and chocolate chips too.

      But I also like to get shakes or malts.

      We also have this place called Purple Cow and their milkshakes rival anything I’ve ever had anywhere since the soda fountains went away.

      You all should check your Door Dash and Uber Eats because it shows you places you might even not know you have available. That’s how I found Abbie’s Cowboy Creamery. I just put in the name of her town and then searched for creameries.

      Google is also your friend. Don’t assume you cannot get a great taste of the good old milkshakes just because we no longer have what we used to have. Though things are different some tastes never die just change location.

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