Didn’t you always want to write on the wall as a kid, especially because it was forbidden? I was a very rule-abiding child, but when my family moved when I was seven, I wrote my name in the corner by the floor, in a spot I hoped no one would find or paint over. Then I was a real rebel on my last day of eighth grade when I snuck inside during recess and wrote my name inside the door of my locker. I think there is a part of us that likes to leave our marks on the spaces we move through–that’s why lovers carve their initials into the smooth bark of beech trees and kids carve their names into their desks, why you find bathroom stalls covered in names and dates, phone numbers, lines of poetry and drunken scrawls.
We at Pushcart invite you to write on our wall. We started the height wall mostly for kids, but all the PC staff wanted in, and every now and again, a customer will ask if we can add him or her. Wednesday made Pushcart Coffee History when a large Australian man cleared Jamie’s record by several inches. Jess even made him a customized coffee cup that said “Winner.” If you’re tall, come in and see if you can beat his record. If you’re short, come in and get measured so my mark doesn’t look lonely…Bring your kids!
Words by Emily Strasser
Picture copyright Lisa Fischoff, The Simple Spatula