Have you ever felt like Rodney Dangerfield because life is giving you no respect? Here are a few “priceless moments” that fit that description for me.
I have enjoyed playing trombone and singing with the Keota Brass Band over the past ten years. The Brass Band includes Roger Richardson playing trumpet, Gary McCurdy playing tuba, Stan Knipfer playing guitar and I play trombone. Most often our group performs at assisted living facilities and nursing homes; playing songs from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s in jazz style (you probably won’t hear these tunes on the top ten radio show). We, on occasion, also play at the local farmers market in Keota to help entertain folks while they come to town buying produce and baked goods. One evening last year, a dad brought his young son to set up a vendor stand next to the band. To start the evening entertainment, the band played one of the local crowd favorite tunes “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby”. After the song ended, the band members could hear the young boy say to his father, “It’s going to be a long night, dad”. The boy evidently hasn’t heard our tunes on the radio yet.
Twelve years ago, I needed a triple-bypass open heart surgery to get my health back on track. Since then, my heart doctor has come to know me on a first name basis. Not only has he taken care of me, but as luck would have it, he has been the doctor for my oldest sister and my mother. The first time my mother was introduced to my heart doctor (at that time mom was in her mid 70’s) she was being checked out for knee surgery. The doctor already knew that my sister Berna and I were children of his new patient, so he took the opportunity to quiz my mother. The doctor asked “Mrs. Hahn, are you related to Berna Waterhouse and Tom Hahn?” My mother answered, “Yes, I have three children, my oldest daughter is Berna Waterhouse, the next oldest is my daughter, Dana Peck, and my youngest child is my son, Tom Hahn.” To that, the doctor asked my mother “When you were having children, do you think you would have been ahead if you had quit after having just two?” I think my mother should have looked for a different doctor, but she didn’t.
Last summer when Libertyville Savings Bank purchased Farmers Savings Bank, it was a quick reminder that I have been in a banking career for the past 38 years. Seemed like the perfect time to request the opportunity to work half days as a way to continue working and also get a sample of what retirement life might be like. I have been given the chance to enjoy both worlds, working with fun co-workers and customers in the mornings, and then having time to experience fun with family and friends in the afternoons. After working the past few months at the new schedule, I explained to a customer that I have only been working half days, and his response was “I hadn’t noticed”. (I hope the boss doesn’t read this blog).
Rodney gets more respect.