'What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been'

September 19, 2014 9:41 PM

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'What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been'

My Husband and I have taking retreats up north for the past nine years. The 2.5 hour drive from Dracut, Ma has always been a nice way to escape life's craziness. It has always been a way for us to regroup, reconnect and reenergize. Over the nine years we excitedly would load the car and head north stopping at all of "our" stops. Our Favorite Things Collectibles, the little cabin in the woods on Rt 16, has always been our first stop. The moment we discovered the place it was magical. Charlie and Mary were always so pleasant. We would be bop in and make a few purchases that tugged at our heart strings. Always leaving with a story in tow that was filed into our minds memory box. Over the years memory's grew and the importance of The Little Cabin made its way to the top of the list as to why to head north. Last year, having our three children with us we were reluctant to stop in with a 5-year-old, 2-year-old and newborn. But we could not resist. We knew this visit would be a quick one and were pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be our longest yet. Charlie had Ryan's ear as he usually did about stories of the new items the store had to offer. Ryan was always happy to chat with Charlie letting the "old-timer" re-tell his stories with such life. Mary was quick to chat with the kids and I and offer up teddy bears and other fun stuff to add magic to the little cabin for the kids. We left feeling that our bond with this special place was now shared with our children.

Words cannot explain the sadness my heart felt when we stopped by this year. We happily were greeted by Carole, the stores owner. Yay! It had been awhile, always missing her. Carole Cotton was famous for her hippie heart and her "before I die I want to... " board that she had on the front of her sto...

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