Originally Published on May 7th, 2018.
Blue Water Healthy Living welcomes F. Forbes Johnson to its team of inspirational writers!
Forbes’ connection to the Blue Water Area is far-reaching. We’re sure you’ll come to love his daily pearls of wisdom, gamut of knowledge, and heart-felt encouragement as much as we do.
Welcome aboard, Forbes!
Today’s wisdom: Do you remember Woolworth’s and Kresge’s downtown? If so, you’re old.
The head office took notice and within the coming months I set up plant departments in several Woolworth stores in Michigan and Ohio. My Uncle Fred Fralick built an overhead wood canopy that held the hanging plants and MACRAME’ ( IF YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS, LOOK IT UP.) His basic design was copied by everyone all over the states, of course we didn’t know anything about copyrights when we were building – just hit or miss and making sure nothing fell on the customers heads. Woolworth’s got the credit.
Big success. People would have questions about everything from sick plants to how to how to water them. They would either leave the question with my Mom or wait until I came to work after school. Wow! did I have fun and worked my tush off. Many times, the manager and I stayed long after the store closed. I lived on Bagel pizzas from Dianna Sweet Shop across the street. Wow, was I young.
Thus, I entered the business world. Oh, the ignorance of youth.
“CHOP YOUR OWN WOOD AND IT WILL WARM YOU TWICE” Henry Ford.
I find that sometimes the most logical and the simplest ideas carry the most weight and are the most memorable. I’ve taken so many moments to reflect on my life, my friends, and my acquaintances lately. I have been so blessed in all areas. There have been many bumps in the road and I wouldn’t change any of them. They have made me strong and resilient. I hope that my experiences have helped someone in some way. I truly believe that God places me where I can do the most good. I might also add that He places me where others can be there for me in my life when I need them. I hope that I never get so oblivious that I don’t appreciate or listen to others. I hope that when I am gone, I will leave something good, whether it be memories or something physical. I hope that those who have gone before me realize what an impact they’ve had on me, others, and our society. Everything happens for a reason whether we can see that reason at the time or not. Today I wish you rose colored glasses and a great feeling of accomplishment, big or small.
F. Forbes Johnson has been a Blue Water Area supporter for as long as he can remember. “I have have seen the good times, bad times and great times and have been lucky enough to have been part of a good many of them. I performed around the world, around the states, and around Port Huron. The blue in the water is in my blood and always will be. From Port Huron High School to Saint Clair County Community College, Central Michigan University to Michigan State. From speaking to singing to masters of ceremony to teaching to singing on hit albums, dancing with Marcel Marceau and National Touring Companies; THIS will always be home. I have been blessed to meet the finest people on earth, work with them, learn from them and find a good percentage of them in this area. To my fellow teachers, former students, performers, and many friends (who just happen to be the best ever) I am the most blessed man in this world. These are the people who have made me who I am. If I can impart any of whatever I have to one person, I will have been a success. Question me, talk to me, write to me and I guarantee an honest answer. It’s not easy but anything can be done with faith, hope and the will to do your very best in life. Anything is possible.”
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