Life would have been so different

I was coming home from the gym this morning and I had an odd thought. It was triggered when I passed a couple of delivery trucks going down Sandy Blvd. apparently traveling together to pick up and transport something or other.

My dad was the owner of Mayhew Transfer & Storage in Kewanee, Ill. He had inherited the business from his father, Jake,  and run the business until…oh, probably 1956 when he had to sell out due to the economic downturn in our little town. To add insult to injury, the Teamsters moved in and started  agitating to unionize his shop. The numbers didn’t work out. No way he could stay in business and meet union demands. He had to sell.

Shortly after, he moved us all to Portland, to start over. The rest, as they say, is history.

But, what would have happened if he’d been able to ride out the storm back in our little town? — “back home” he and mom would always call it.

It’s conceivable that I would be a business owner today, having inherited Mayhew Transfer & Storage from my father, as he had inherited it from his. I may have married a small town girl and raised a family of small town kids. Would I have joined the Elks Club like my father and grandfather?

Questions without answers. One thing is certain, though. My life would have been so different.


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