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I've written about Miss Adaska who let our friendship abruptly end, but I have one about Terry with whom I am still friends today. The irony is that both of them were born on the same day as I was, September 30.
Terry was the manager of GNC stores who I worked with for 6 years. In fact, I followed her to local stores as she was transfered a few times. Terry was an excellent manager, very organized and business-oriented, but she knew that her primary function was to reward her good employees and to appreciate our customers. She was very kind as she would remember us on birthdays and holidays, but always telling us that she was successful because of us. Kindness, compassion and generosity were words that described her when most managers were intent on pushing sales and criticism.
In 1992, Terry moved to Florida with her husband as they both retired. I just hated to see her go, but had to adapt to new managers who were either not as qualified as she was or didn't see a good employee as a valuable resource to the business.
Terry is now age 92, but I still write to her, sometimes even letting a few months go by without correspondence. However, she's never felt neglected as she knows that she has a full life, after losing her husband and son, living with her daughter. Although Terry never goes on the Internet, I can see pictures of her with her daughter, grandsons and great-grandchildren on Facebook.
Terry knows how difficult life can be, but she always has encouragement for others as she believes that life should revolve around the living where she can still make a difference. As we close every letter, we always say, "I love you".