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Lee Friedlander (American, b.1934) Newark, New Jersey, 1952

Lee Friedlander (American, b.1934)

Newark, New Jersey, 1952

I would really like a coke, cheeseburger and french fries now. There’s a lot of people eating french fries and drinking coke in this place. I don’t have money for it, that’s for sure. But that doesn’t change the fact that I would like to have this special offer of the day. When I grow up, I will buy it every day and sit at the tables in restaurants. Until then I guess will just look through the windows and be invisible, just like I am now.

Cheeseburger, french fries and coke…that sounds great. I wonder what it tastes like.

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Now, I’ve been looking at this kid for the last twenty minutes, although he’s been standing here a lot longer. He’s standing here long enough that it has become impossible to ignore him. It’s not good for the business. Oh, what am I saying…

I mean, I’m sure customers don’t feel comfortable, but I feel sorry for the kid. I was once just like him- penniless, young and full of dreams. Hungry, too. Looking through the windows I’ve decided one day that I will own a business one day. And now I do.

Kids are looking through my window now, it’s just the way it goes.

Yeah, I’ll invite the kid inside. I was also invited in once.


~Dot Black


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