New year, new beginnings. New ends.
It was with a strange feeling that I visited our local Woolworth's a few days before it closed. Like vultures picking over a roadkill carcass, we all milled around the already bare bones of the store, searching for the ultimate 'bargain'.
Some were elated at the prizes they had found - cheap Cd's, whole boxes of pick-and-mix sweets, shower curtains with goldfish on.
I however, was very sad. Yes, I got some bargains (a book, a set of mechanical pencils and a good luck card), but I could not help but think of all the times I had visited Woolies in the past.
The time I bought a valentines card for my first boyfriend, the time I bought enough garlic to ward off Dracula when it was reduced to 10p a pack. The time I bought my mother a standard red rose for mothers day...
These times are now gone. A new time is beginning for all, not just the skeletons of abandoned Woolworth's stores. Let's all try and make it a happy, productive and sustainable time.