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A walk downtownPosted Friday, April 27, 2012, at 4:49 PM
After almost recouping from a bout of illness, which I am not used to, I made a decision to go to the shop early one morning and take a "stroll" through town. I stress the word stroll, because I most certainly am not walking at this point.
Of course, I have never been a runner. Mom has always said that I run in one spot. I suppose that is why I was able to completely wear out at least one treadmill.
At any rate, after being so lethargic for so long, and I hate to admit it, but I still am, I decided to get back into a walking routine. I chose not to do a long stroll in the beginning. I made approximately less than a fourth of a mile around town the first and second days. If you saw me you probably would say it was more like a hobble than a stroll.
The first day I stopped and visited with my friend Phyllis at M J's. I always enjoy spending time talking with her, plus, I needed a rest stop. Then it was on through the downtown area and back to the shop.
The second day I barely got out the door and headed around the building when it dawned on me, and I am embarrased to admit this, but I had not been to the depot since its renovation was completed. I walked in and Janice Asberry greeted me. Since I didn't know her, I introduced myself to her and explained my mission. I also asked her not to tell that I had not been there. Now, there I go telling on myself.
Janice showed me around the depot very proudly and shared stories about the artifacts on display. One of the tables came from the old Citizen's Bank and as soon as she told me from whence it came, I recognized it. I told her I remember using it in my younger days and I'm sure many of you did also.
I would like to take the opportunity to encourage those of you who have not visited the depot to do so. I believe you will find it a most rewarding visit.
Janice made my day when she told me she always reads Kathleen's Korner.
After my visit at the depot, I rounded the corner of the First Midwest Bank and proceeded on my route. As I passed Mr. Charleys, someone called out to me and asked where I was going. It was my friend Donna West from Weber's.
She mentioned she had seen me, I think she said around the corner from our building, and said to herself, "Ah ha, Kathleen's trying to skip out on work."
Of course she was only teasing, but it did have a nice sound to it.
After we finished talking I continued on. I didn't quite make it to the post office when I decided to cross the street as I was getting a little breathless. You must remember, I haven't done this in forever. I made it to the Metro Art Gallery where I rested on one of Erin's displays. After getting my breath and talking with Erin a few minutes, I finished my mission and stumbled through the door from where I started.
For the next few days I worked at other endeavors as far as excercise goes, like touching my toes. Actuallly, I can do that pretty easily and it feels so good to stretch my back that way. But my main goal is to get back into a walking routine, so I have been walking in less public places such as our back yard. Just walking from our deck to the back of the yard is quite a challenge, but I so enjoy the birds, rabbits and occasionally a fox family. Umm, I wonder if they hide and watch sometimes as I take my "hobble" time.
I can just hear those little critters saying to each other, "Oh, I do hope Kathleen comes out for our show today." When I start my public walks around town again, I hope my downtown friends will welcome me when I stop in to catch my breath and to say hello.They may be like the little critters and watching for me to give them a show with my hobble time.
Until then, see ya somewhere in a korner.
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Kathleen is a resident of Dexter. She was born in Indiana, but her parents moved their family back to the Dexter area when she was three. Other than three years she and her husband, Collin, lived in St. Charles, Mo. and ten years in Birmingham, Alabama, she has spent her life in Dexter. As you can tell, Kathleen is a people person and believes in giving credit to whom credit is due. Thus, the reason for her hero/heroine column every other week in Kathleen's Korner. As you can tell, she also like to have fun, most of the time at her own expense. Kathleen (Grubbs) is a 1964 graduate of Dexter High School and invites her friends to her "Korner."