Barbara Bolzani has worked at Lord's Department Store for more than 20 years.
Lord's will close its doors one final time on Feb. 28 after 73 years in business.
Bolzani was also a surprise speaker at Friday night's "Celebrate Lord's" party held at the store.
Here is her Ode to Lord's (and a list of the many fun things she has done at the store over the years). Thanks for the memories, Barbara!
By Barbara Bolzani
I have been here for 21 years
Sharing in both sorrow and good cheer,
Meeting lots of people for whom I care
Opening at 5:00, weather fowl or fair
There’ve been a lot of changes since then
Some improvements to the store have been
Exciting to have happened, like when
I no longer had to rise at five to open
We may not be well-mannered all of the time
But when Mary comes, it’s our time to shine,
Cuz when she says, you sure look fine,
Nancy and I both say, “Thanks” at the very same time.
Tom says when the intercom goes off
It’s not a problem, it’s no big loss,
Since none of us has a voice that’s soft
And as long as Peg has no cold or cough.
Alice and I were both hit on the head
If it happened to someone else, they’d be dead,
Even though it felt like a big piece of lead
We were able to be up and could’ve been working with Fred.
My Easter Bunny job got lots of attention
One truckload of men need to be shunned,
But another one was full of fun
Stopping, and inviting us to come.
Though the invitation was quite charming
If Alice had accepted, would have been alarming,
I would need to act before there was harming
And have her jump to the bunny’s armings.
One Halloween night, so cold and clear
Nancy coerced me to volunteer
To usher the people from far and near
For the graveyard tour, too frigid to bear.
Of course on another Halloween
I thought in costume we would be seen
Embarrassingly though, the rest of the team
Simply wore their shirts and jeans.
As I started to work in a tattered robe and nightgown
Looking oddly like some old granny clown,
A gentleman asked if I had come to town
As is, but graciously did not put me down.
Bob Lobel came to take note of our gala affair
A fundraiser for a helmet for the firemen to wear,
Arthur, the magician, from his hat pulled a hare
It was a fun afternoon for everyone to share.
We’ve had a number of publicity shots
Especially when the weather gets hot,
The Boston media certainly gave a lot
And we surely gave it as good as we got!
I will always remember Nancy, as she’d call
“Barbara, put you lipstick on” for one and all
To hear, whether spring, summer, winter or fall
I know I had to prepare to have a ball.
After the news of Lord’s closing came through
People came in asking “Now what are we going to do?”
And the staff is just as puzzled too
As we all gather to say our humble adieu.
In conclusion, I want to thank everyone
For making this jot so, so much fun,
It seems I got to do everything under the sun
And I want to express my appreciation…
“Thanks for the Memories!”