by Stella Billek
My love, it’s been so long. After almost a year of us being apart, I thought I’d never see you again. I’ve missed you so much, and without you my life has felt incomplete. I’ve been waiting for this day for such a long time, and now that it’s finally here, my heart is filled with pure joy and excitement. Trader Joe’s, I’m so glad you’re back.
There’s so much that I’ve missed while you were gone. Each time I walked through your doors was a new experience filled with wonder, amazement and organic snacks. I took you for granted until the day you left my life, when I realized that the closest thing to being with you again required a 20-minute drive to Millburn. Making these occasional, but much-needed, trips to the overcrowded Millburn TJ’s opened my eyes to the floods of people just like me who could not bear the void you’ve left in our lives.
When I heard that you were finally coming back to me today, I started to reflect on all of our fondest memories together. I’ll never forget the thrill of walking through each aisle, marveling at all of the unique foods you have to offer or running to the sample station in the back corner one or two or five times. And since you’ve been gone, there has been much that I was forced to live without: banana chips, Joe Joe’s cookies, bacon jam and most of all:cookie butter. Freaking cookie butter. That’s what really got me. It was living for 11 months without cookie butter that is making your return that much sweeter.
From now on I will enshrine each experience from the moment I walk into your doors to using the free lotion sample in the checkout line. I encourage everyone else to do the same. Cherish everything that Trader Joe’s ever has and ever will give you because without it, we are all lost.