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Hope on Two Axles

I spotted a delightful sign of springtime rejuvenation in my neighborhood over the weekend -- a delivery truck. And it was a furniture delivery truck, no less, from a rather nice store. It occurred to me that it has been months and month since I've seen trucks delivering anything more substantial than the daily mail. No new appliances, no new furniture, not even that many UPS boxes. That's recession for you.

It was even a mite exciting that it was a furniture truck. Appliance deliveries aren't always optional. Refrigerators die and must be replaced, even when your budget is shot. But you can almost always put off buying furniture. How exciting! Discretional spending on the home! It felt like I was seeing an old pal after a long absence.

I also had a tough time finding a parking space at the local garden center. I arrived late afternoon on Sunday, and judging from what was left, it looked as if the masses had already descended on the place and spent their tax refunds.

Now, I fully realize that one delivery truck and some picked-over flats of impatiens are not enough to mark the end of recession. It's not as if my e-mail is filling up with news of friends and acquaintances landing new jobs -- quite the contrary. That would mark the real recovery. For now, though, I'm alert to the small signs that recovery -- like summer --will come eventually.

Is anyone else seeing glimmers out there?

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  May 11, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Department of Hopeful News , The economy  
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