Good first impressions
It is the little things that sometimes stand out the most.
Let me illustrate.
Not too long ago Sruthi Yejju, my intern, and I were walking around checking out downtown Eureka.
We were near the Maloof Realty office and wanted to head over to the Eureka Community Bank. That meant crossing the street.
We waited at the intersection. There is no stop sign there for traffic traveling north and south.
I was waiting for traffic to pass when Sruthi said “C’mon.”
I looked up and saw traffic both ways had stopped and the drivers were motioning for us to go.
I was surprised.
Sruthi was surprised.
People courteous enough to let pedestrians pass caught both of us off-guard.
I was equally surprised at the initial reception I received in Metamora.
A few weeks before the paper was to debut I headed to Metamora to look for story ideas.
As I parked my car on the Square I spied a woman working with mulch.
I walked up to her. Before I could say a thing she asked if I needed help. Apparently it was obvious I was a stranger.
Before I left her side she told me about the fire at the Dollar General, that I needed to check out the Lincoln statue, where to get a meal and invited me to the ice cream socials on the Square.
Those small gestures have left quite a positive impression on me.
First impressions do count.