Tis the Season with Sherry

Dec 21, 2012 No Comments by

The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60?s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.

Tis the season! I can already start to feel the tension and good cheer mounting around us all at the same time! Like so many things in life, opposites attract. This was great, that was horrible; you win this but you lose that. That’s kind of how we work our way up to Christmas Eve too. You can feel it in the air now and be careful! People are joyful but within seconds that can change to honking horns and passing someone where you shouldn’t while driving. That haste is starting to creep in too.

Here is another example. As I’ve said in the past few weeks, I am so very grateful to have a few readers and this On The Road With Sherry story. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think this would be me. Someone would encourage me to write? Maybe someone else, a skilled trained writer but not me, Sherry, that’s for sure.

Each week I have looked forward to Friday morning. I get up early and I wonder where the story will take us. Here’s what happened at 5 AM this morning. I woke up and the first thought that crossed my mind was, “stupid story!” I got out of bed and thought, “Oh boy, this is not good!” That same “Tis the Season” mood swing is starting to loom over my head too! The clock is ticking for all of us. I still haven’t done my grocery shopping. The girls’ gifts are done, but everyone else’s is not! Dear God I have to go to the mall again!

I was just at the mall yesterday afternoon with my daughter Mackensie and this was all I needed to hear. You won’t believe it, or maybe you will or do. I was walking past a couple, older than me; I’d guess them to be about 65. Remember I said “The Clock Is Ticking”? They were standing there and, serious as a heart attack, he said to her “Well if the world ends tomorrow…” She responded back “Well should be buy this then?” And they stood there going back and forth! That’s all I needed to hear!

Now one of my readers did make a comment about me a couple weeks ago, questioning my common sense! I wish I could say they were wrong, but again that “this-that opposites” thing in life. My dear friend Lana has said to me since we were back at Pinkerton Academy, class of 78 I might add, “Sher, you have lots of book smarts but the street smarts”; same thing I think as common sense; “not so much.” Well she was right. You won’t believe this, but I did end up going to Harvard University, but yes she’s right street smarts/common sense lacking still.

Hearing this conversation that two very regular, older people were having threw me into a tizzy and there is nothing we can do about it. After my first thought of “stupid story”, I tried to relax a little and get the list of things I have only two days left to do to stop playing in my head. Then the next thing literally popped in. “Oh no it’s December 21st.” Just like the couple I thought, “Gee, should I write the story now, maybe no one will get to read it anyway tomorrow morning?” I felt like that couple. What if the world does end, should I bother? HELP!

Ok, now I am going to pray for common sense and move forward today. I don’t really believe the world will end, but I’ll tell you since the first time I heard mention of it a few years back, it does pop into my head every once in a while.

Back to really being on the road this week. The nicest thing that I got to be a part of this week was going along with Kathy and Steve to my first Rotary Club meeting in town. After learning about Visit Londonderry, Faye Sell, the owner of Martinelli Travel, said that the Rotary club would love to hear about our mission for the Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center. Our day to present to the Rotary Club was Wednesday Morning.

Steve and Kathy did a beautiful job of telling the story of Visit Londonderry and I had the chance to really understand what Rotary is all about. I was clueless! After watching just one meeting, I have no idea why every business in town is not a member. With Rotary, to me, it is like one-stop shopping! Everything a business could need in one group. They help each other, network together, share ideas, but they also do so much good for our community. Did you know that it’s the Rotary that puts on the Santa on the Common each year? They bring Christmas to a number of families in town who otherwise would have nothing. They support our soup kitchen, give scholarships, raise money to help our town wherever they can.

Every business should be a part of this and at the very least get informed as to what they do. Again that opposite thing. Find out how they can help your business but also all the great things you will be a part of to help our community. A win-win for everyone! Just an FYI, they are having a Rotary information night on January 31st from 5:30 – 7:00pm.

I am so sorry, but my on the road didn’t get far in typing this week. I rambled so much in the beginning that I didn’t get to tell you about our Ford Dealership and all the other great places I dropped in on this week.

Most importantly, please continue to live, work and play right here in our own town and area. Many of the businesses have noticed that people are stopping in and saying hello. Even if you don’t buy, that means more than you know.

Go to our site and look at Visit Londonderry. See our beauty and be reminded of everything we have right here. Also, please let us know if we are missing someone new in town. If you know someone like me who loves our community, give them the gift of a membership. My daughter’s $20, great on college apps and scholarships, programs. Or join Like Art Rugg.

Mail a gift card, leave cash, and yes I am using common sense with this. I promise you it will be best gift for your own heart. Tell no one. Mail it, drop it, leave it.

John’s gift, $50. John was from NYC, a real New Yorker until he fell in love with our little town of Londonderry. I can promise you that this is not where John thought he would end up or raise his family as a young man. But once we met, moved away for awhile to upstate NY, it was John who wanted to come back to Londonderry. Sadly, not me.

From the moment we moved back, John has volunteered where ever he could to help Londonderry prosper and thrive for our children. He is vested here. I’ve written about many good men and women here, but in my book he is the best. His heart is in the right place. He puts his family first then our community. My mom Pearl would always tell John when we were younger, John you should run for office. 3 months after she died, he honored her wishes and encouragement and did. Like him or not, he’s “Done Good.” He puts all of us first and tries to do what he believes is best, right.

I’m still behind on this too. John is just heading out now to IronWorks to finally buy the gift certificate for, I still can’t get over it, one massage that will give you another one down the road. I still have to bring my daughter in for that new bike helmet at DG Cycle shop, too.

Not to sound corny but already in our house, that happy mad tension is building. I hope we can all step back, breathe, and be grateful for all the good in our lives, but also remember and pray for all those that have suffered so much this year. My daughter Meredith has been waiting patiently for me to finish typing so that we can spend a couple hours shopping together. I’m going to stop typing and spend “time” with my girl who will be off at college next year. That’s where I should be and again, who knows if anyone will get a chance to read this tomorrow.

Merry, merry Christmas

With A More Than You Could Ever Imagine Grateful Heart for All of You


About the author

Sherry has lived in Londonderry since the 1960's. Her mother was one of the first employees at Mr. Steer Meats. Sherry taught at the Londonderry High School for a number of years and spearheaded the first Career Education Class at the school. She has two daughters of her own with her husband John.
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