The shoe store in our neighborhood is closing. It has a name - Vose-Sander's Bootery - but everyone just calls it the shoe store. It has been on Central Street for 89 years. The owner (not the original owner, but he's owned it for over 40 years) and his wife have sold "first pairs of shoes" to every kid in the neighborhood for generations.
I went in today and bought Sarah a pair of shoes. The store will be open for another month or two and they told me to come back again because they're marking everything down. There is no joy in those bargains.
You know what? I'm not in the mood for another loss -- even if it is just a shoe store.