For years, Thomson has had a McDonald's.
But no more, at least not for a while, because it has been torn down to make way for a bigger and more modern restaurant along Washington Road near Interstate 20.
The restaurant will be out of business for a few months while a new one is built.
None of us will be dropping by to get any of those delicious french fries or cheeseburgers that have through the years helped to make McDonald's the No. 1 fast food restaurant in the world.
But rest assured that as soon as it reopens at the same location -- we hope before the Masters Tournament -- we'll all be able to visit McDonald's again and enjoy the items they have to offer us right here in Thomson.
McDonald's holds special memories for me.
I was a member of the Thomson High School marching band back in the 1970s. I remember our band director, Guy Butler, telling us that we had received an invitation from officials of McDonald's to play at the grand opening of the new restaurant.
Of course, all of us in the band thought that was a really neat idea.
We referred to it as cool back then. Today the word "cool" has been replaced by the word "awesome."
At any rate, we all relished the idea of playing in front of restaurant officials, staff and local government dignitaries.
We were all treated to a nice meal, compliments of the management staff of McDonald's at that time.
It's a great memory.
While there, we played the tunes that were heard in television commercials about McDonald's back in those days.
As I was in the process of writing this column, I even hummed a couple of them. One of them was You Deserve a Break Today .
Again, it's a great memory, because it brought back special times, when music was such a big part of my life. At the time, we had some very talented young musicians. We also marched and performed nice halftime shows at football games.
As a result, our band received many invitations to perform on the campus of several major colleges, including the University of Georgia and Florida State University. I remember our performing in two long parades in Tallahassee, Fla., my junior and senior years.
Indeed, those were some great days.
In fact, if it was possible, I'd go back to them today, just because life seemed to be less stressful, etc.
As I pass by where McDonald's has stood all these years in Thomson, I must confess that the landscape looks much different -- especially with the old building having been torn down.
I'm keeping an open mind because I know McDonald's is going to return to Thomson and have its doors open in a few short months.
Right now, we all have to understand that it's all about progress.