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 and remembering her astonishment to see me still tickles.
“It’s Grumpa!” There’s this little two-and-a-half-year-old that spends a lot of time at my house. When she hears me come into the house, or sees me when she gets to my house, she runs as fast as she can to give a tight hug to her Grumpa. After I set her back on her feet, she reaches for my hand... “Grumpa’s hand,” she says. So to that little whirlwind of delight –
I’m a playmate!
Remember the neighbors I mentioned earlier? As it turns out some of my neigh- bors think of me as the “yard guy.” I’ve had more than one neighbor over the years mention that whenever they drive by my house – I’m always doing something in
the yard. I’ve even had neighbors jokingly complain that I should quit trying so hard... “You’re making the rest of us look bad!”
Hmm. “Do you know who you are?” It’s a good question. As for me, well, it turns out that I’m a lot of different people. It always depends on whom I’m talking to, and how those people see me.
“Sheesh, really DAD?” That’d be my kids. I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a smarty- pants, and frankly, I’m a bit of a dork, too. I’m also rarely embarrassed or offended when I get picked on. In fact, I kind of en- joy it! And my kids LOVE to pick on their Dad! Mom gets warm hugs and cooing conversation. And Dad? Well, he gets... “Sheesh, really DAD?” So to my kids... I’m a dork!
I do love being the “yard guy!”
I’ll be turning the corner soon towards
For the sake of this issue of Scene... I’m a man in business. I’ve been one of those for quite some time. I don’t think it is the abso- lute definition of me, but to the kind folks that interact with me when I’m working,
a “man in business” is exactly what I am.
my retired years. I’m hoping that being “the woodworker,” might supplement my income. Or at the very least help my brain and my hands to stay busy. I’ve been prac- ticing my intended craft with great enthusi- asm the last few years. I haven’t found my niche just yet. I’m pretty good at restoring furniture, but I pray that, that won’t be
my niche – it takes too long. I have found upholstery to be satisfying – but only with a staple gun – sewing is too fumbly for my weathered hands. But the idea of reclaimed items, sawdust, paint, glue, and power tools – oh my goodness – I really wanna be
“the woodworker!”
“You’re the walkers!” I hear that quite often. You see my wife, Terri, and I have walked after dinner, or in the morning
on weekends through the neighborhoods we’ve lived in for years. We’re always quick to give a friendly wave, or have a quick, and passing conversation when
“You’re Rich and Shirley’s son!” With both my Mom and Dad having passed away, somebody had to start caring for their plethora of antique booths. Yep, that’d be me. It’s taken me about a year and a half to finally get out from underneath the re- sponsibility. Whenever I walked into one of the three antique malls to clean or organize,
And all these people I’ve mentioned above add up to... “a husband.” My wife is so LUCKY!
we come upon one of our neighbors. So “the walkers” are what we are to them.
“Do you know who you are? You’re Find Rick!” Those are the words from
a sales associate we hired a few years back. I was invited into the meeting when she was hired,
And when we happen to see one of those neighbors at the hardware or grocery store – they’ll say... “You’re the walkers!”
I was always greeted with a friendly hello, and... “You’re Rich and Shirley’s son!”
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