Life’s Too Short

Jun 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

My sister had an appointment at the local body shop to get her car fixed, and because she ended up having to babysit my niece and nephew at the time she was scheduled to drop it off, she asked my husband and I if we wouldn’t mind taking her car there for her.

We had just dropped off her car and were on our way back to the shop when my husband’s phone rang. He looked at the number on the phone and saw that it was our mechanic. He answered with a “What’s up?” He listened for a minute and I knew by the look on his face, something really bad had happened.

We were informed by a family member that our mechanic and general manager had passed away. I’m thankful my husband and I were together when we received this sad news.

This one phone call totally turned our lives — and those of his fellow employees — upside down. We all felt shock and disbelief. It was like a sucker punch to the stomach. The immediate pain was unreal and I don’t think the impact of his loss has fully sunk in.

We lost a good man. He was not only our employee; he was our mechanic and wrench master, general manager, jokester, all around go-to good guy, top-notch photographer and friend.

He will be missed not only by us and his co-workers, but our customers and vendors. He was valued for his work ethic, loyalty, mechanical knowledge, willingness to help others and great sense of humor.

We’ve all heard the saying, “life’s too short,” and when you receive a phone call like we did, the reality of these few words hits home.

In our profession, the phone is a necessary way of communication to run our daily business. Each call can bring us a tow, a friendly hello, a telemarketer or sad news. Take some time today and call someone special. Let them know how special they are and make their day. Life really is too short, make your phone call one that brings a smile and not tears.