Recently I discovered that the wine shop that I had spent 12 years of my life working for is about to close it's door for good.
That's a long time to work for one shop. But I did so because I so truly loved working there. As the saying goes "if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life."
As I mentioned in my post A Sad Day, I remember just how blessed I was to meet so many wonderful friends and experience opportunities within the wine business that I would have never known had I not been there.
I guess in some ways, I never left the shop. Remembrances of the events, the tastings and all the time spent huddled around the bar discussing life and local events and even talking about wine. I guess to clarify that, I did most of the talking about wine. I can't tell you how many people I said "if you don't shut me up, I'll talk about wine for hours." The good news for me is that no one ever told me to stop. Not sure if that was because they liked hearing what I said or they were too polite to actually say something.
It's also important to realize, and for me to mention, that the shop included all of my fellow co-workers. Without them it would not have been the same. You get to know some better than others, but each contributed to my experience in their own way.
I think too about how I will miss Hinsdale. Not that I can't drop by for a meal at one of the great restaurants or bring my car in to be serviced at Fullers, but to be an integral part of the community, or what I perceive to be a part of this fine city.
Even though I left back in September, I still see this as an End of an Era.