Friday, October 24, 2014

Fresh Eyes

My dad moved from Florida in August to be closer to our family. After a few adjustments and one small medical setback, we're all settling into a nice routine now here in our home. Dad has been working hard to build up his strength, and today we decided he was ready for a trip to Findlay Market. He had seen pictures of Findlay Market, but none prepared him for this beautiful fall day with bright sun and blue sky. He took it all in, enjoyed meeting a few of my merchant and neighborhood friends, and lunched on one of Mimi's Gourmet Eggrolls. He kept saying how much Findlay Market exceeded his expectations, and I gradually realized that Dad was noticing things that I had missed. I guess I had started to take my regular trips to Findlay Market for granted, and it took a fresh pair of eyes to appreciate what we have.

Among the observations of this 90-year-old were:

  • "The market smells so good my mouth is watering."
  • "There are so many different kinds of people here. And so many young people!"
  • "I didn't realize so much of the market was indoors. I really didn't need this jacket because it's nice and warm inside."
  • "You can't go wrong owning any of the property around here."
  • "The parking is only $.50?!? It's close and they have nice ramps for my cart."
  • "That's a lot of food for just a little money."
  • "It would take at least a half day to see everything here."
I guess we all need to look at Findlay Market with fresh eyes. Whether you're a first-timer, or a seasoned shopper, take a look around and appreciate what we have here in Cincinnati. 

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