I was reminded of Robin today... She has been gone a long time. Yet when I think of her I am young again. It is still so easy to remember the night she walked into Rick's Van shop with her sister. I think I suffered a self-induced lobotomy when she first spoke to me...
I had become friends with Rick as I was working at my first payed woodworking job next door to his shop. This was a job which I gave up a 114 dollar a week unemployment check which I had only collected 2 of 26 weeks, and a summer of fun at the nearby beaches for. Now at 19 I must have been so totally stupid, or this was something I truly wanted to do... so I start at the bottom training to build custom butcher block furniture.
My reward was the enjoyment of working in a hot humid shop 40 hours a week and a take home pay of 112 dollars... if I was lucky I got a few extra hours to go with this at time & a half. Yes... if you do the math I took a 2 dollar a week pay cut to WORK 40 hours. The upside... I met Robin.
The time was short but even now the memories of her still make me smile. You left this earth too soon Girl.