Are You Missing Someone Too?

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."

Such happiness!

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Comment by chris shea on August 4, 2013 at 3:46pm
My card store is at 8219 La Mesa Blvd, between the iTan and the Billiards store.
La Mesa is a splendid little community!!
Comment by Michael Cargill on August 4, 2013 at 3:15pm

Chris, am I correct that you own a bookstore in downtown La Mesa? Where is it exactly? La Mesa is so quaint and cozy. I just love the Victorian style houses along Date Avenue, they are so romantic.

Comment by chris shea on August 3, 2013 at 8:51am
Thanks, Michael.
While I am sorry to say no one came by for a free card,
I did foist one off on a very nice man who stopped by for a copy of The Adventures of Davey Prickle.
Then two young men stopped by and I told them it was "Free Missing Someone Card Day."
The looked dubious but I said, "But you must be missing someone ?"
One of them said, "Yes, I do really miss my mom." So each of these nice men left with a card.

The bottom line is that when aiming to do something and it doesn't quite work out the way you had imagined, there is always something good and dear and true if you look for it.
I'll have free missing you card day again some day. I had a lovely day despite not being able to give away more than 3 cards. I aim to beat that number next time!!
Comment by Michael Cargill on August 3, 2013 at 8:40am

Oh Chris, your story is so touching.

Comment by Felicia Reed on August 1, 2013 at 8:15pm
Wow amazing words Chris! I have experienced the same thing from time to time over the years. My father has been gone for 14 years and I would give anything for one more moment. I wish I could of net your father. He sounds as equally as wonderful as your mother. I so enjoy seeing her for her haircuts every 4 weeks!
Comment by chris shea on August 1, 2013 at 10:20am

So apparently I am completely calendar-challenged, as I have put the wrong date with the day I actually meant.  I will have the cards available on Friday, tomorrow, August 2, 2013.  Do stop by!   Maybe too much time lost in reverie...

Comment by David B. Givens on August 1, 2013 at 10:02am

Very nice sentiment!

Comment by David Stanley on August 1, 2013 at 9:53am

Chris, a few years ago I was paging through a Texas magazine. An article about the River Walk caught my eye. Photos of people enjoying the boats along the San Antonio river further caught my eye. My family, years ago, had ridden these boats several times. There, in one of the photos, I saw a family that seemed familiar but it was so small. I used my handy magnifying glass and there sat my father and myself. Never knew about that photograph. I cut the photo from the magazine and from time to time now get out my glass and look closely at it. My pop is long gone now but in the photo he and I are still enjoying that boat ride down the San Antonio river. Memories can be nice things.

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