|Matt and Mark on the porch at 240 South Almont Ave. - 1968|
Dad would have several years of driving to Rochester to work at Mitzelfelds. I wish I could ask Dad what his thoughts were when the deal fell through. Around late 1970 or early 1971, he bought the Ben Franklin Store in Imlay City from Bill and Ruth Knight. Bill and Ruth were family friends of my grandparents and my parents so in the end, it really worked out better.
|The Grand Re-Opening of the Imlay City Ben Franklin Store - 1971|
|Ben Franklin Staff in 1971 with Ben Franklin Corporate Reps - 1971|
SO all my dread was short lived because within a few minutes, I had a new friend! She told me she wanted to make sure that I knew someone. I will never forget it. Because of that exchange, I have always made it a point to be one of the first people to introduce myself to someone new...at work, school, church, a club or an organization. She taught me the importance of making a person feel welcome! It was a lesson I'll never forget. She was so sweet and we are still friends today! Thanks so much, Cathy, for helping me to get past the fear of not knowing anyone.
When I was young, I had trouble introducing myself to other kids. Simply telling other kids what my name was seems difficult...and uncomfortable. To this day I don't know why. I could play for half a day with someone and never introduce myself....I remember going home and telling my Mom about playing with different kids at school ...and how fun it was. When she would ask who they were, I would say "I don't know?" I never knew their name.. "Did you tell them who you are? Did you introduce yourself?" she would ask...I would answer "No" Cathy cured me of that. All at once, I understood the importance of an introduction and the friendship which would follow!
|Janet Smith - -1968|
With in a few days, my circle of friends began to grow and I felt as though I belonged in my new town. There were obvious groups of kids who had known one another for a very long time. There were many friendly kids which helped to make me feel as though I belonged! Jean Brinker, Diane Rankin, Laraine Crake, Sharon Pringle, Carol Halstead, Peggy Rider, Marilyn Kempf, and Carol Schmucker...to name a few. It was interesting to look at Mr Theordore's home room...and see how and when my friendships developed. Most of these friends I still have contact with all these years later! Eighth grade turned out to not be as difficult as I had thought it would be.