This week I can’t really tell you that I spent a lot of time on the road here in our town. I had good intentions when the week started but then as that unplanned unexpected road took its turns, here I am beginning to write and the week is ending.
Last night I went to bed thinking, “Oh, maybe I shouldn’t write this week, I don’t have much to tell everyone about,” but then I woke up to this comment and my mind started racing. Within 11 minutes tops, I had my scribbled notes and words that I had to write and that I wanted to tell you about.
My day started early, as I love. But when I was down stairs at about 5:45, my daughter Mere yelled down to say “Good Morning Mommy” as she usually does, but then she added, “This is the last day I will have a first basketball game in High School.” Wow, that took my breath away! A last first game of HS; something we will never get to experience again. She came down to breakfast in her team shirt and I took pictures. I sent a copy to John, who’s been flying all night from CA, and he texted back, “How did time go so fast? A last first day.”
That got me thinking of other last first days that happened this week. We all know we had a bank robbery in our town this week. I think they said it happened in the late afternoon at our Citizens Bank. Thank God everyone was okay, even the robber. I thought of Debbie, the bank manager who was so kind. She met with Kathy and I about joining Visit Londonderry a while back. Debbie must have been so afraid; she really is like the captain of the ship. I could tell after hearing her story how much she truly cares for everyone that works for her and each of her customers. She started putting out refreshments for everyone in the afternoon as a way to welcome and say thank you, too. I really liked that.
Anyway, this will sound completely nutty to most of you but I also thought of the poor guy that felt that desperate that he walked into a bank and did that. I heard little things, like he was in work clothes; he looked worn, tired. I even heard he had bad teeth. How sad is that? He was described as a young man, maybe mid-30’s. In this time that we live in, we all know how cruel and judgmental people can be. A young man, of course needing money, with bad teeth, each day when he gets up, gets ready, approaches people, he has to be reminded of his place in life with worn teeth (that probably hurt) and he knows other people are seeing and thinking about that each time they see him.
How, in this day and age, did someone through the course of his life, not offer him help? Everyone must have turned their backs and talked behind his! I know so many great dentist in our town, and I know most of them would have offered him help had they known, had someone cared enough to ask. It’s just sad. So was this man wrong to rob our bank? Yes, of course, but he’s in my prayers because he didn’t just decide to rob a bank because his life was easy, or because people around him were reaching out to help. It’s just sad for everyone when something like this happens, and yes especially around the holidays. If I didn’t have critics before, I’m sure I will now.
I guess like Forest Gump, “And that’s all I have to say about that.”
Another last day of life as it regularly would happen, breaks my heart to type.
Last night when Mackensie and I were driving home from basketball practice, suddenly there was not one police car, but many and then followed by many ambulances and fire trucks; so many lights flashing. There was a horrible, unexpected accident on Route 102. Mackensie and I said a prayer for all the people involved, but it also reminded us how quickly life can change. Just a couple hours early we were on Pillsbury and I went over the yellow line. I was just so grateful that the driver on the opposite side passing us was on his game and moved over, probably saving us both from a horrible, unexpected event.
Mackensie just said, “Mom I thought you were suppose to be writing about businesses, I don’t think you should write that other stuff.” Maybe she’s right. Time to get back on track.
The wind has been taken out of sail a little this morning so I will end shortly. I really planned to brag and remind you about so many of our businesses in town. We have only 19 days left to Christmas as I type. Don’t forget about all the places we have right here in our town and the surrounding area for gift cards and other great gifts.
- Tricia and Kerry at IronWorks are still offering their two for one massage.
- Charlie at the D&G’s Cycle Shop has big things that could be that number one present under the tree, but he also has the vital things. Mackensie will be getting a new bike helmet as one of her presents this year. Don’t forget about the sharp gear he has to, biking and athletic clothing. It’s all right here in town for you.
- Carol at Curves always has specials. Go in and see her; you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the prices and I promise you will feel right at home and, at the very least, meet a great women in town who really cares for and loves each of her clients.
- Annie’s Hallmark; I know I’ve written about them before, but I have to remind you of this: THEY WRAP FOR FREE!!! This is huge too. Know those coupons you get in the mail for being a Gold Crown member, $5 $10? Now they be used on anything other than Pandora in the store. Most Hallmark’s only allow them to be used on Cards. Jackie, the owner, changed that for us. She did a great thing and there are so many gifts there. Also if you have one item over $30, they will wrap and ship your gift for FREE, I think anywhere in the US. I did this yesterday with two gifts. All I did was pay and leave them behind. Oh, you do have to buy one card too! For once, my gift to a dear friend will get there before Christmas!
- Paul Edwards Salon. For some reason, in the last week, a few different people told me how much they love it there. I saw a dear friend and loved her hair, asked who she went to, and she said Paul Edwards. They all said great styles, beautiful private setting, and very, very welcoming. I’ve walked in on Paul a few times about Visit Londonderry and God Bless him, he is always nice, smiles and listens. Don’t forget a gift certificate that can be used on any of their services that will bring a smile.
That side of the Shaw’s plaza is quite a great little secret. I miss our sneaker store that used to be there, but just take a walk down from Martinelli, Countryside and Lindt turn the corner and see what’s there waiting for you and your family. My friend Wendy told me that there is also an amazing place there called Woo Kickboxing that offers classes in kickboxing and so many other things. Wendy said, “It is really intense and it is a great all body workout.” They offer one free class so you can try it out. Stop in get a schedule. Barbara and Roger Woo are the owners and I’ve heard too many great things about them, too.
Next week I promise to do a better job hitting the Road in our town, and telling you about my adventures. If any of ‘my readers’ – I can’t believe I even typed that. How great is that? And only in our little town, and only with good people like Kathy and Steve, would I ever have been given the gift of being able to type “My Readers.” I guess that is a Last First, too. Never in my life did I expect to ever be able to type that, write that, or even say that. And that has always been a hidden little one of those wishes that you never dare tell anyone about! Oh, I almost forgot my point! If you know a business that I should make it a point to stop in on this week, please let me know! I would love to find out about them and share a little of their story here. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org or just leave a comment here.
*** Even if there are only three of you out there “My Readers” It means more than you could ever know and I am so grateful for you!
The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60′s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.
Sherry is an account manager for the Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center. You can follow her at Twitter.com/Sherry_CVC