Life can be too serious. My mother-in-law lived through two German occupations and the loss of two children and then her husband (when Jos was only two weeks old). From Jos I learned to put things into perspective and to appreciate what we have rather than to think about what we lack. This attitude fits in well with life in Crested Butte. Here we have rugged weather and a fickle economy. Jos helped me see the gorgeous sunrises, sunsets, and the beauty constantly surrounding us. With beauty feeding our souls we are able to meet the challenges of each day.
Back in 1985 when our daughter Annie was 2 3/4 years old, she came down with a rare children’s disease. Ten days at home despite constant attention from our pediatrician (who made house calls) the disease left her anorexic, lethargic, and very weak. Another week in the Children’s Hospital in Hoechst brought tests and eliminations. It isn’t polio. Not meningitis. What is it? At last the doctor informed us she had Kawasaki Syndrome with neurological side affects. The first such case they’d seen. Every intern and resident doctor came by to see this unusual case. At that time there was no treatment. Annie had to stay in the hospital until the disease subsided. They wanted her close by in case she had a collapse of the cardiovascular system.
My German vocabulary increased - Krankenschwester, Krankenversicherung, Kontrastmittel… Annie had not yet learned German. She soon learned to tell the nurse at naptime - Ich bin nicht mude = I’m not tired.
Life’s challenges have taught me to embrace today for I cannot foretell what tomorrow will bring. Today Annie is a comedian in Chicago. She does not remember her illness, her inability to walk, her pain. Yet she embraces life. Subconsciously, she knows that life is to be embraced.
Today I told Diana to make the homepage fun while she works on our website. This is a family business. Peter developed our first website. Now it’s Diana’s turn. The website is to show you who we are. For a long time, despite my desire to be light-hearted, I worried about the website. Will it stand out? Will it impress people? Will it get people to shop from us?
After much thought I realized that I want a website so our customers can find us and can find a means of contacting us when they are not in town. The purpose of the website is not to sell our products. We want personal contact with people. If you want to buy from us, we want to help you find that perfect piece of art or the picture frame you need. So I hope you enjoy Diana’s light-heartedness as she struggles to complete this project. Our children have whacky senses of humor - enjoy the unicorns. Thanks for the smile, Diana.