A couple of times a week someone tells me we are closing or that we have sold. Rumors are amazing.
We are still going strong and will stay open till I hand over the keys to a new proprietor. I may be tired, but I'm not tired enough to walkout on everything I have accomplished! It is still an adventure and kind of a daily party. Yes, I often get woken up at three am with the thought--Is the refrigerator still running?
Nurturing people inside and out is deeply satisfying. Setting the place for other's to create, write, negotiate, study, learn, plot and plan is rewarding. I've observed First Dates, Blind Dates, computer-generated Dates, and Wedding Planning. Campaigns for US Senate, Congress, and Free Cycles have been run upstairs in the Loft. Tutors teach, poets pen, artists draw, realtors deal, professors grade papers, teachers meet students, student study groups gather; lawyers meet clients, multiple generations of families gather for weekly meals after church or just brunch; retirees' continue discussions after MOLLIE classes; and then there are the knitters' on Wednesday, the Bridge players on Tuesday, the retreats, board meetings, office parties, retirement parties, and so on and more. There are regulars who come in daily -sometimes twice-ranging in age from 2 to 96. Plus a dose of hugs everyday.
It is hard work, but oh so sattisfying.