From The Storyteller
Hello All: Taking time to say thank you. Enjoy, Doug.
“What happened to Joe? His place is closed”, me to my dad about the man who took me from comic books to “Field and Stream” magazine. Joe, the barber, began cutting my hair on a padded bench placed in his barber chair and finally retired shortly after my first teenaged, hot lathered, sideburn shave. Every two weeks for 16 years I sat in his chair as he “lowered my ears”.
One day he was there, and the next day his shop was empty. This caused me to think about the “here today and gone tomorrow” people who have been a part of my life. I recall faces of kids I went to school with, the mechanic who always worked on my cars, and friends who I would share a coke, coffee, or prayer with.
Yes, if they are still alive and we met today, I suspect we might not recognize each other, considering how the piling on of years brings about changes, but this does not reduce the importance of you in my life. So without trying to make a list, that will always be incomplete, I’ve decided to send out a thank you via the web, and by verbally speaking it into the wind.
"Thank you. I am smiling because each of you still lives in my thoughts and, however this gets to your ears, know that I love the gift of your life that you shared with me."
Moral: Taking time to say thank you is time well spent.
Today 10/25/2021 will be the final Monday morning story. NO, we are not sick nor is Shoemaker Society going to dissolve.
As you know Shoemaker’s purpose is helping to repair “SOULS”, and this is not stopping, and we are exploring several new ways to continue to make that an even better reality. Elaine and I have enjoyed publishing the Shoemaker Society Monday stories for over five years and enjoyed even more the responses you’ve share with us. The wisdom your replies held truly added many smiles to our days. Blessings.