I decided that I wanted a visual aid and that a Barbie doll would be the ideal prop.
At the time, I did not own a barbie, have children, and there was no Google to search for a toy store. So I asked a neighbor with children where I could buy a Barbie. He told me that there was a Toys R Us in Baltimore, just off of Route 40. Since there was no GPS at the time, he told me to take Route 29 north to Route 40 east.
So one Saturday, my hubby and I went on a field trip to Baltimore to find Toys R Us. We got on Route 40 east and then saw a billboard on the other side of the road that said, “Toys R Us One Mile West.” Oh no, we thought, we must have missed it, as the sign said it was one mile west of us. So, we made a U-turn and proceeded to look for Toys R Us, but we didn’t see it. We then made another U-turn, found ourselves back at the billboard, made another U-turn, and tried again. After a few U-turns, we decided to pull over to a side street near the billboard. That is when we realized that the billboard wasn’t giving us directions because we immediately saw the Toys R Us at One Mile West Shopping Center.
How many times have we all found ourselves going in circles to realize that we need to stop, take a break, and relook at the situation? Therefore, during these trying times, my gift to you this year is the gift of permission to pause, take a breath, and look around because you might just find what you are looking for!
Oh, and that presentation was a huge hit. To this day, people still say to me, Eileen, remember that presentation when you brought Ken and Barbie? It was the best.
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