I got an email from a friend this morning which has filled my entire day with thinking about why the girls I grew up with are all so spectacular. The man up there pretty much sums it. That would be my Grandpa. He lives 2 houses down, kiddie corner on Center Street. Center Street was filled with lots of girls. There were the Fisher Girls (you will see the most gorgeous fabric come Spring with their namesake), the Curleys, Kelli Stewart, Liza Migda and sometimes we would welcome a few others into the clan on Center Street but not often. Stephanie, Stacey and Andrea Fisher lived across the street. Stacey was the oldest and to me super cool cuz she had a short jean mini skirt and I swear she smoked behind the warming house…don’t quote me, but I think she got caught! Oh, she also made up a little song that went like ” It’s cool, it’s preppy, it’s the new look of the 80’s, it’s punk..” Stephanie was the middle and always had my back. She did call me sausage fingers and made fun of me for eating an entire box of Little Debbies but trust me she WOULD not let anyone else make fun of me. Andrea, the youngest, was beyond gorgeous and had every boy in town after her.
This is me, Stephanie and Andrea. Wow, I look like Joe! And now I am wondering why Stephanie had that feather and I didn’t…actually I am kinda getting mad about that. Where the heck is my feather?? So besides the fishers there were 4 other girls our age and then a few little ones but certainly not cool enough to be part of the Center Street Gang. Our days were filled with putting on plays in my garage, snipping green beans for Mr Fisher, returning pop bottles to the candy store, riding bikes around the block, and hanging out at my grandma and grandpa’s house. Everyone loved Phyllis and Larry….my grandma and grandpa. It was the place you knew they’d have pop, candy bars (though they cut them into slices) and always would offer you a buck to go spend at the candy store (which was huge especially when there were no pop bottles to be returned). In the winter, they turned the field across the street into an ice skating rink. Yes, this is where the warming house was that Stacey Fisher got caught smoking!!! My grandpa would sit at his window and watch us, and always offer to sharpen our skates.
My grandpa is the best grandpa anyone could ever ask for, hands down. He is honest to the core and always could find a way to put a smile on my face. This could mean magically finding a penny behind your ear, sneaking a buck into your pocket or just listening to my stories as I sat in his lap. The thing is…he is like this to everyone. I bet you could ask anyone on Center Street or in Cheboygan about my Grandpa and they would say exactly the same thing.
And here would be me and Stephanie in my grandpa’s backyard. Most likely we were hoping to help stack wood or looking for a popsicle. The thing is, all of us on Center Street, we are pretty much the same: always trying to find a way to put a smile on someone’s face. I had never thought about how my Grandpa rubbed off so much on all of us until today when I read Stephanie’s email: “I have a favor to ask of you…I consider you an influential person (insert, me laughing here cuz she so knows I am so not that cool..) and with that being said, I was wondering if you could spread the word about my OPERATION MERRY CHRISTMAS.”
So in the spirit of the Holiday season…don’t ask David about this because I use it as the excuse everytime I walk in with a ton of bags. But seriously, we at MJC were hoping to grant 50 wishes, and we are at 147!! And so that is my reason for all the shopping bags…I can’t leave out the boys nor the toys!
and I think about it, and I think about Stephanie, what she did last year was incredible. There are so many people out there that just really need the simplest of things to smile. So the girl that always had my back and still does to this day, I have her back and really want you to think about this. See what YOU can do to help out. She flilled 7 backpacks with the simplest of things: toothbrushes, band aids, nail clippers, gloves, individually wrapped snack, feminine products, socks, lotions and ….. and the list goes on and on. She took the 7 backpacks into downtown Detroit and gave them to the first 7 homeless women she saw. These simple things to us are luxuries to them. This year Stephanie is trying to pack 12 or even 20 and when I say pack, I mean FULL. Each backpack ends up costing through all donations about $200-$300 when said and done. Quoting Stephanie….
“If we could get a lot of people to donate just a few dollars each I may be able to surpass my goal of 12 back packs this year! $5.00 donations make such a huge difference in this project. It allows me to give daily items we all take for granted to those who do not have the simplest of things, such as band aids, nail clippers, Orajel, antacids for heartburn, etc. to the homeless. I appreciate any consideration Nece!”
I really want to help her out, and I really want to share this with you because seriously I love helping out the front line. Stephanie’s address is Stephanie Garrison, 8237 Donna Street, Westland, Mi 48185 if you want to send a few things.. Take your kids to the dollar store and let them pick out 4-5 things and put them in the mail. Or you can paypal a few bucks to firstname.lastname@example.org She’d need any donation by December 23 in order to get it all packed up for Christmas Day.
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