Mixed Emotions

Sam Spear’s looking out the window of his house in Del Ray Beach. Actually, he’s watching his friends play golf. Vicarious thrill? Uh-uh. Today he feels a twinge of envy. His back’s out and the weather’s lousy. He’s been in the pool exactly twice since New Year’s. “You don’t wanna come to Florida this time of year.” Right after Christmas, Spear bid his two-store jewelry business goodbye. Twenty-four employees surprised him with a party at a French restaurant, a fete intended not so much to send Spear into retirement as to celebrate his 50 years of owning and operating Wayne Jewelers in Wayne, Pa. Then it was Florida. And when he and his wife Marcia get back, no more store to go to. If you talk to Sam Spear, you might notice an accent. An occasional Slavic click of consonants rubbing together. An omitted “a,” “an” or “the” before a noun. Traces of the P
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