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Back home in West Virginia

February 9, 2014
By CHRISTINA MYER ( , Parkersburg News and Sentinel

When I was young, Parkersburg was to me one of two options when it was time for back-to-school or Christmas shopping. My family lived in Paden City - on the Tyler County side of the line, mind you - and shopping trips meant driving an hour, either north or south. Once in a while, my awareness of the Parkersburg/Vienna area would expand to a shoe store that was one of the few places my mother could find anything to fit her narrow feet. I don't remember the name of the store, but I remember spending what seemed like days rolling and whining on their carpeted benches, unable to understand why anyone would take THAT long to buy a pair of shoes. (I have been paid back in full, as it now takes me longer than it ever took my mother to find shoes.)



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