The other morning, I ran upstairs to tell Dr. Katz that Wednesday was going to be my 25th anniversary here at work. We were both kind of shocked, mostly because of how quickly it has flown by. He asked if I wanted to go to lunch or something. After a few days I said what I really wanted was to thank Galveston. He looked puzzled. I said that I owe a lot to Galveston. So here goes...
Dear Galveston and all its wonderful people,
I want to take the time to tell you what you mean to me, and how you have changed my life.
In January of 1988, two months before my 21st birthday, I accepted a position at TSO. I am from Houston and was a working optician who had just became certified, which is not a requirement in Texas, but it was very important to me. I kept hearing “Sherry you need to get out of those chain stores now that you are certified and go work for a private doctor.”
Not really knowing exactly what that meant, I opened the Houston paper and there was this little bitty ad for an optician wanted in Galveston, where I had only been a few times on summer breaks. I called the number. Later I found out that never before, or after, had Dr. Katz used the Houston paper and it had only run for four days. That started feeling like fate.
So I went in for an interview dressed to the nines in a pencil skirt, tight little pink sweater and even a fox fur jacket. I got some looks from the other ladies, but I did not care. I was on a mission. I can’t believe that was 25 years ago.
I have always thought people work for four reasons — financial, social interaction, to practice their trade or profession, and to feed the spirit. I have been blessed with four out of four. The bonds that I have made with people of Galveston are hard to describe.
When my brother was shipped to Iraq during Desert Storm, you were there for me. When my beautiful mother passed away, you were there for me. When I “finally” got married you cheered for me, Galveston, in 25 years I’ve seen your kids graduate. I’ve seen your kids grow up and have their own kids. And I’ve seen your amazing strength through times of devastation, watched you rebuild and never give up. I LOVE YOU GALVESTON and thank you for loving me.
To make an appointment at TSO, call 409-763-6300. The clinic is located in downtown Galveston at 515 22nd Stand. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also visit their website at www.TSOGalveston.com.