Many years ago, making sidewalk chalk for my children became a company called Our Kids. I didn’t know anything about wholesaling or retailing, so I made my first trip to the Denver Merchandise Mart to begin to learn what I needed to know. I met and hired a wonderful lady, Barbara Avrin, who became my first manufacturer’s representative. I learned so much of what I needed to know from Barbara and I owe so much of Our Kids’ success to the lessons I learned from Barbara and Norma.
Fast forward to this summer. One of my friends recommended I read a book, It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who Knows You! My friend felt this book would be helpful as I was beginning the marketing for my book. I very much enjoyed this read!
I have found now that I have written a book, I read a book much differently than ever before. I look at the format, the type style, the layout, the front and back cover art. And I read the forward, the acknowledgements, and the author’s page. I noticed the author of this book lived in Castle Rock, CO, about a 30 mile drive from my home. I also noticed the author’s last name was the same as my dear friend, Barbara. I wondered if they knew each other.
I did a little online research and sent an email to the author explaining all of the above to him, asking if he knew Barbara Avrin. I was thrilled to hear back the next day saying Barbara was his mother. That email led to a wonderful phone call.
I was so saddened to learn that Barbara had passed away two years ago, but I knew that I had to meet David and express to him in person all that his mother had meant to me and my professional growth. I proposed a lunch and I eagerly anticipated meeting Barbara’s son and a fellow author who has had great success with his writing and speaking career.
Our busy schedules made it really tough to coordinate our calendars. But today was the day and I was emotionally moved to meet David and hug him and tell him how much I loved his mother and what she meant to me. We shared “Barbara stories” and they are priceless.
I know Barbara was smiling on both of us! I could feel it. I kept looking at David’s face trying to see Barbara in his features. He’s a wonderful man and a tribute to all she tried to install in her children.
David and I had much to discuss and I’m so pleased to have a new friend!
Barbara, I miss you so much, and I thank you for all that you brought to my life – way back in the days of Our Kids – and today, when your kind son so generously offered his thoughts, insights, and guidance of the journey I am now undertaking.
And so life goes on and on…