Tonight as I pulled into the garage Bill asked if I was okay. He could tell by looking at me that I wasn't.
I lied and said I was fine as I headed inside.
Today my long time friend and Moda sales rep drove to Bakersfield to tell me he was leaving the company. Today I feel like I lost a friend.
Norbert and I always joked that we would retire at the same time. When things got tough he'd look at me and say you can't retire. I'd look at him and say I'll stay as long as you do. Today he broke his promise along with my heart.
After eighteen years of working together Norbert knew me like a book. He knew what fabric I'd buy before he ever pulled a sample from his case. He was fair, professional, honest and always the perfect gentleman, but above all, Norbert was my friend. When Jeff died he secretly worked with my team to get together fabric for two ALS quilts then insisted on paying for them to be quilted.
Today as Norbert gathered his samples and pulled away from the store Becky said she pitied the new salesman who would be filling his shoes. Mark Dunn, you can hire another salesman but no one will never fill Norbert's shoes. Today the quilting industry lost a very special man.
Encourage one another,