I took this photograph about a year and a half ago on a beautiful fall day in Warren, Rhode Island. I never shopped at Mercier's Hardware, which looked like a mom and pop shop in the downstairs commercial space of an old house. Maybe that's the problem, because Mercier's Hardware and its sign are no longer there.
The renovation is good for the neighborhood. More restaurants and stores are moving onto this street, rejuvenating a waterfront area that had faded in disrepair. I know many people who shop at the new store, and none that frequented Mercier's Hardware.
Progress is good, but I miss the character of the old. On the days when I noticed my own wrinkles and gray hair, I remind myself that I'm not just aging, I'm gaining character.