Willa Cather in My Antonia said “In the course of twenty crowded years, one parts with many illusions. I did not wish to lose the early ones. Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.”
Ms. Cather’s words are very true for me now as I am up to my roots in hair memories while I work on moving the HairBoutique.com location after almost 14 years in the same place.
Of course I knew that this day was coming for more than 12 months. I’ve been sorting, cleaning, pitching, packing and donating hair and beauty products for most of 2013.
As I go through various parts of the HairBoutique.com warehouse, which covers 12,800 square feet, I find many hair memories which I know are reality and others which were definitely illusions.
When my friends ask me what it’s like to pack up theHairBoutique.com warehouse for our move, I tell them to imagine cleaning out a closet that’s hasn’t been cleaned out in 14 years. Except that the closet extends almost 13,000 square feet.
Every day I find more hair related products, accessories or tools I had completely forgotten about. I’m also finding little items left behind by the many Hairboutique.com team members who’ve passed through these doors and left for a wide variety of reasons.
In the span of a week I found old veterinary bills for a former employee’s sick cat, a drawer full of movie stub receipts, grocery lists and even photo albums of former team member family members. Read the rest of this post »