Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker

Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker

Grounding Love Meditation

January 31, 2023

Ground yourself to the earth and breathe in love for yourself and those around you. Julie Potiker completes this guided meditation with her poem, "Hardware Store Love".

Hardware Store Love by Julie Potiker


I love the smell of hardware stores.

Dixieline, Ace, and Home Depot

They remind me of the J & B Discount Store in Elyria, Ohio.

My dad opened this magnificent place when I was just a girl.

He drove a great distance every day to keep us in better schools.

When I read about huge pileups on the Ohio Turnpike in the snow

I think of all he sacrificed so we could learn and grow.

Grow in a place that had people like us, where antisemitism would be less major.

Because Hanukkah candles would be lit in the homes of many of our neighbors.

On special occasions I would travel to his big, wonderful store where employees were like family.

My father, they adored.

I’d wander the isles of plumbing, tools, shampoos, clothes, and toys and think about how lucky I was to have all this and more.

Whenever I feel a longing to connect with my fabulous dad, I can take a big stroll through a discount store.

For that I will always be glad.

Hardware Store Love, by Julie Potiker

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