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Several people came into the shop today to buy and wish us well.  All were very nice, which was a nice respite from the “pity party” comments.  These people understood how sad we are here, and they are sad for us, and, I guess, they may be sad for themselves too, since we will be disappearing in our own puff of smoke.

“You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone”, one said.  Indeed.  I wonder, after we’ve closed, how many will stop, surprised to find our doors locked; the roll-up door locked down; our sign gone.  With no way to find us, or us find them.

Sudden disappearances have happened many times in my life.   The day I knew I was being laid off at the corporation, I had typed up a good-bye e-mail to all the people I had known, only at work, for many years, and I was prepared to send it.  Just hit ENTER, and have it go out to all of them.  When I got back to my desk after being canned, my panty-waste boss would not allow me to send my memo.  I told him, it only goes to people I know, and gives them my address and phone number so they can call me if they’d like to keep in touch.  ‘NO’, he said.  And with one word, all those people were lost to me.  I guess if any of them had really wanted to find me, they would have, but I choose to think otherwise.

Now, I think of all who will be lost again.  After 9 years of being here, we won’t be.  Will they find me?  I hope so.

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