Did you ever grieve over a favorite businesses that closed, never to open again?

I have and still do. One of these was the Crepe Place at the Galleria in Houston. There they prepared main dish crepes with seafood, for example, and dessert crepes with chocolate sauce. Everything there was delicious. Our family would go there on special occasions, such as after music recitals. The place disappeared.

Then in Lake Oswego there was the Ram Restaurant. Friends, family and I were there many times for lunches. It was one of our favorite places to eat, enjoying their great salads, but now the restaurant is gone.

The Thriftway Market in West Linn was a friendly store, which had a coffee bar and a terrific bakery. I often enjoyed coffee there with friends. It is gone.

The closing of the Borders Book Store in Bridgeport Village created a giant vacuum. I would go to that outdoor mall and walk around, but my destination was always Borders. I bought my Jumble books, calendars, classical CDs as well as other books there. Nevermore, quoth the Raven, because it is gone.

Now we have lost the copy machines at Lazer Quick. I ran off my student recital programs there, as well as other copy needs in my teaching business. Even though I purchased a copy machine, which works well, I miss seeing the friendly faces and hearing the cheerful greetings at the establishment which was once Lazer Quick. A few years ago there was a little book catalog that came in the mail called, “A Common Reader.” It gave me many ideas for interesting books to read. There are other catalogs, but none fit my interests like the lost company and catalog.

Two products that had lanolin in them are no longer available — Max Factor Whipped Cream facial foundation cream and Sandahl’s Lemon Cream Facial Cleanser. What? Are there no more sheep in Australia?

In doing needlepoint pictures and pillow tops, I have enjoyed working with Persian wool yarn. Now that variety of yarn is no longer available.

What about the obsolete car company Oldsmobile? If that company were still building cars, I would buy another one, because my 1990 Delta 88 Royale is still serving me well.

The loss of the following place is a big disaster. The piano store, Sherman & Clay, which has had a history dating back to 1870 closed its doors forever in Portland. The music teachers had meetings, recitals, festivals, examinations and many other concerts there. Much beautiful and exciting music was made on their outstanding Steinway pianos. A new company has arisen out of the ashes like Phoenix, but Sherman & Clay is no more.

Now I have had to say goodbye to a talented electronic appliance which served me for 13 years. It was a Panasonic hybrid — it had five skills: TV, CD, DVD, FM radio and VHS. When an attempt to repair the VHS part was made, the entire machine died on the operating table. Of course they do not make a machine like that any more. It was too versatile and lasted too long for the company to make money from it.

Lost places, catalogs, cars and other products are like friends who have moved away with no forwarding address. They are gone forever with no way to contact or retrieve them. Yes, I would like to hold onto the past, but unfortunately it is not possible. The past slips through one’s fingers and one must with determined optimism courageously and valiantly step forward into the future.

Rosalie Justen is a member of the Jottings Writing Group at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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