If all of life is a stage, then every stage must hold a story, right? I find that if I only open my eyes and ears, there is a story to be found on every street corner, on every front porch, and yes, down every Texas dirt road. Recently, however, the story that caught my attention came from inside one of the largest retail chains in the world.
By the time you read this, Louise from Walmart, will be just another name on the long list of names of those who have worked for the giant chain, for you see, Louise had her 80th birthday on January 3 of this year. She retired from Walmart on January 5.
Louise is someone I love to visit simply because she reminds me of why this country has stayed “this country” for all of these years, why we have been strong for so long. It is people like Louise who ensured that America would be America, and all of you know what I mean by that, don’t you?
Louise never had the mistaken idea that the world owed her anything; if she had, she would have sat down long ago. No, Louise was one of the old timers in this country who knew what it was to work, to provide for herself, and I got the impression that she would have been plenty offended if anyone had suggested that she do it any differently.
I’m sure that I will never see Louise again, but she is one of those people whom I will never forget. She probably doesn’t know it, but my generation owes her a mark of gratitude for helping this country stand on its axis for as long as it has.
May the rest of us suck it up and be as productive as she has been. You don’t know it, Louise, but you are my hero!