People Along the Way

by Jenna Schnuer on May 4, 2012

My grandfather, Sidney Friedfertig, was a talker. By the end of every restaurant meal or every stop at a store, he knew at least something, if not everything, about the waiter or store clerk. I’ll admit that as a kid I didn’t appreciate this quality in him. I found it embarrassing. Turns out I’m my grandfather’s granddaughter. Buying an iced tea is never a quick interaction. Filling the car usually leads to my finding out about the gas station attendant’s favorite place to go in the off-season. But I don’t hoard people, I want you to get the chance to know them, too. And, perhaps, you’ll consider stopping in to visit them when you take your own drive, short or long. Here, the start of an ongoing series: People Along the Way.

Leesha may be one of the most powerful people you'll ever meet: part of her job at Dubuque's National Mississippi River Museum calls for her to reshape the Mississippi. Ok, a model of the Mississippi. She carves the river's curves into sand made from recycled plastic bottles. Leesha is, quite simply, one of the most joyful people you'll ever come across.


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joan schnuer May 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Grandpa Sid is surely smiling from wherever he is.
Keep meeting and talking.


Jane Abraham May 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Your grandpa would be so delighted to read your stories!


Jenna Schnuer May 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Thanks, Jane!


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