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Introducing Herb Monroe
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:02 PM

 

By Ron Lane • Guest Columnist

Introducing Herb Monroe

Good fortune has given me any number of wonderful tasks to perform. I have had a very lucky life. A real treat for me was years ago when I was asked to introduce a speaker at the senior center. He was about to make a presentation to an assembled group of really good people.

When you present someone who is going to speak, you need the proper balance of building them up, but not over promising. I remember thinking about it, but it came to me quickly, decent respect but not over done.

Here’s how it went, “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my honor to present to you the nicest man God ever made, ‘Herb Monroe.’”

 

These past few months, thanks to great Paulding people who earnestly work for the betterment of our community, Herb is being rightfully honored. The beautiful park that is named for this wonderful man is uppermost in people’s minds and will be a great addition to our town.

 

It’s as though Herb is still with us in some ways. You can’t help but see him extend his hand, know your name, your husband’s or wife’s name and enough about you to make you feel completely comfortable. In this way, Herb continues to be a warm part of any day.

So what do we take from this? None of us is ever going to be another Herb Monroe. Everyone that knew him misses him. When we go to his park, maybe we can be a little more like him. Let’s try.

When you’re in the park, think about what it would be like to enjoy people, seemingly all people. What it must be like to actually remember people’s names. If we would do this we would smile more often, like Herb did.

Let’s honor this park. Be in a good mood when you visit it. If you should have an unpleasant thought while there, take a walk and come back when you can smile.

Ron Lane is a guest columnist for the Paulding County Progress.

The opinions stated are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect that of the newspaper.