Love where you live!
LA MESA -- I looked out my window here at Lifesighs toward the trolley station. Across the street and past the fountain. I saw someone who looked so much like my father. He was walking with a cane and he had the same six foot frame and broad shoulders my Dad had. For a moment I was lost in reverie, as they say, thinking how wonderful it would be if he just strolled over here to my little store and sat down in one of my bamboo chairs and said, "Well, hi, deary…"
Of course it was not my Dad, although I am certain he has on numerous occasions come inside here and stood beside me looking out the window at life going on up and down La Mesa Boulevard.
It's like having a moving mural outside my shop, where I can see people and hear snips of their conversations; and I can't count the number of times I have wished my Dad were here to chat with and hug and lean on, if only for a moment before he'd head over to my mom and they'd have a date maybe at Anthony's or down at Seaport Village.
As human beings, I know all of us have people we miss and would be over the moon to see again. How many of us see someone from behind, someone we have not seen in a long time, and feel certain it could be our very heart's desire standing in front of us. But then that person turns around and there's that jolting difference between our familiar loved one and this face before us we've probably never seen.
So anyway, this got me to thinking about our common connection: we all have people we love and miss. Even though I am in the greeting card business, I don't tell these people enough how much I miss them, how much they have added to my life, how diminished my life would be without their having been in it. As such, I am going to select some "miss you" cards here in my store to give away to anyone who, upon reading this, realizes there is someone they need to connect with. I'll have the cards on my desk, and they will be available free of charge, one to a customer, on Friday August 4 from eleven until four when I close.
Who knows, maybe you'll come back another day and buy a birthday card for someone far away. Or someone next door. Or a card for someone who has had to say farewell to a beloved pet. Or maybe just a card to thank someone for letting you vent or lean on them. But that's not the point. I just want to make it easy for you to remind someone how much they mean to you. You know, the way the card would do if I could send one to Heaven.
I hope to see you Friday. As my Dad used to say, "You'll be able to recognize me; I'll be wearing a smile."