Herbert Jewelers Mailbag
I was not surprised at the outpouring of e-mails concerning the closing of one of our great downtown legacies - Herbert Jewelers.
The preponderance of responses were from people who grew up in Fort Valley and moved away, or people who went to school with Dennis
back in the 60's. All of us will feel the sense of loss from the closing of this store, because there will be one less tie to the
town that we love and grew up in.
We can take solace in our memories and the artifacts that we treasure once Herbert's is gone. Thanks to the Herbert Family for a job well done!
James: I sent this to Jana and the Herbert's page... but thought I'd like to share it publicly...if you will...
Dear Jana and Herbert's family:
I had a sick feeling this was the big secret. My dad Paul Reehling and I are both so sad...I called dad immediately and I will tell you he got all choked up and said he'd call me later...he wanted to go and "think about this"...I think you know that Herbert's was always my mom's favorite store -- and Dennis one of her favorite people!...my grandmother Rosie Reehling from Baltimore was there a few times over the years and she always talked about Herbert's and what a jewel (no pun intended)of a place she thought it to be.I understand that times change and sometimes you have to know when to say when and move on...but I hate it.
Herbert's is one of, perhaps the most, enduring mainstays in what I think of as the landscape of my life - both growing up in Fort Valley and as an adult living elsewhere...but being able to return to Herbert's to shop and feel a sense of home. I just love, and will miss, being in the store...the way the floor sounds when you walk on it...a familiar smell...the sound of the ancient printer churning out your receipt...the way everything is always in the same place and decade over decade you just automatically know where to look based on what you are seeking....babies, weddings, graduations, a gift for yourself (a personal favorite of mine). Herbert's is like a comfy old pair of sweats -- and I will be so sad not to be able to reach for this piece of home anymore. As my mom Mary Jo said of things like this, "it's the end of an era"...and so it is.
I love you guys...all of you...and thank you for so many great memories...many of which Dennis created for my mom and I wear daily -- as did my mom and brother Paul, and as do my dad, brother John and sisters-in-law and friends I was proud to introduce to the Herbert's brand of charm and beauty. Good luck to each of you on the next journey - wherever that may lead.
Love, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Many thanks, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ James, I lost Dennis' email address. Please send it to me. I want to finish my add-a-diamond bracelet! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ All I can say is WOW!
Rosemary Reehling Jiles
Very sad news for all -- specially our city! Downtown will NOT be the same!
Please add Joyce & Gary Barrett to your e-mail list.
Kay Hardeman Meyer
James, I lost Dennis' email address. Please send it to me. I want to finish my add-a-diamond bracelet!
All I can say is WOW!
Donna Hunnicutt Clark
|The picture of the family was missing son-in-law Doug Senecal........but he sent his best wishes at precisely the right moment (knowing when the appointed time was to be !!!).
He will be here in the next few days but was finishing up a few business calls before coming. |
Thanks for all of the warm wishes......
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