Norwalk Reflector: I just never saw this coming

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I just never saw this coming

By Joe Centers • Jun 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM

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breaking up is hard to do

Don't take your love away from me

Don't you leave my heart in misery

'If you go then I'll be blue

'Cause breaking up is hard to do

Neil Sedaka — “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”

They say you never see it coming.

One day everything is great. The next day it is over.

This wasn’t anybody’s fault. It was a good run through three decades and two centuries. We went through Y2K together.

So many good times. It wasn’t always perfect, but nothing ever is.

It’s time to take it like a man and move on.

Our daughter Megan recently changed careers and is now selling insurance. Of course, when you go into sales like this who is the first people you sell to?

Your parents.

Next come your relatives and friends. That’s where a big family helps.

All of us old-timers remember back when one of our friends started selling Kirby vacuum cleaners. They were very expensive, but they said it was the last vacuum cleaner you would ever have to buy. What they should have said it was the last vacuum cleaner you could ever afford.

There were a lot of moms and grandmothers out there who had the Cadillac of vacuum cleaners, but didn’t even have the strength to move the big machine around to do the steps or go upstairs.

Fortunately, Megan decided to sell insurance and not vacuum cleaners.

We got to go through the whole presentation. There are a lot of numbers to digest and a lot of add-ons. She learned early the mantra of a good salesperson — up-sell.

After we did all of the paperwork, Megan ordered an inspection on our house. It came back with one problem — we had a little repair work to do on the over-hang above the garage.

So Jody and I went to work. I got out the ladder and climbed two stories high with a piece of wood and a hammer. She stood below to hold the ladder and keep it steady.

Now there are a lot of problems with that. If I fall off the ladder, I will probably kill myself. If I fall on Jody, I will probably kill the both of us. If I drop the hammer on Jody, she won’t be very happy and then she would probably kill me.

I guess that’s why we have insurance.

We finally got the OK and the insurance is ours. Megan said she would send a letter to our insurance company and tell them we are switching.

Breaking up by mail. No man would ever break up by mail.

So I went across Main Street and did it face to face.

I had to break up with my insurance man who has been there for me for half of my life.

It was time to break up with John Flickinger.

We have so much in common. I just saw on Linkedin where John is celebrating his 44th anniversary at K&J Flickinger Insurance Inc. I just celebrated my 39th anniversary at the Norwalk Reflector.

Flickinger does so much for this community and I think he is everybody’s friend.

That’s why it was so tough to say good-bye. There were no hugs or tears, just a handshake and a thank-you.

This insurance bromance is over.

Now we are in Megan’s hands, and I know we are in good hands.

Joe Centers is Reflector managing editor. He can be reached at [email protected]

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