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DeWayne's World — If your mother says she loves you ... check it out

DeWayne Bartels

An article on the website for National Public Radio on Nov. 1 caught my eye.

It began, “Whom do you trust? A recent New York Times/CBS News poll showed that barely 10 percent of the public trusts the government. But it doesn’t stop there. Trust in public institutions like corporations, banks, courts, the media and universities is at an all time low.”

It made me think immediately of Metamora and three people — Mike Foster, Pat Winkler and Sheri Gray.

I thought of Foster because he was my journalism professor at Illinois Central College.

The first day of class he turned his back to all the students to write something on the blackboard. (Later in the semester Foster would not turn his back on us because he knew some of us might be fostering fantasies of throwing an X-acto knife in his back.)

Anyway, Foster turned his back and wrote, “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”

He was filling our heads with the notion that trust is not in the journalist’s nature.

However, we all need some trust in our lives.

That’s where Winkler and Gray enter the picture. They are co-owners of the Colors 4 Hair beauty parlor on the Square.

I went to talk them about trust.

As hairdressers they have to exude trust. No trust, no work. With 30 years experience each they have built trust over time.

The pair said they have a sure-fire way to determine if they have a customer’s trust.

“If they come back more than once they trust us,” Gray said.

Winkler said she knows she has a customer’s trust when they start sharing their life with her.

“It’s a personal relationship,” Gray added.

Trust, Gray said, is very important to what she does because “no one wants to look like hell.”

I told the ladies about the aforementioned poll. They were in agreement with the results. Both said they were not surprised by the results.

“You have to earn trust,” both said.

The ladies said their trust in institutions extends to the church and their doctors.

Then I dropped the question I had been waiting to spring on them.

“If you have trust issues with institutions, including the media, how can you trust I will quote you accurately, and in context?” I asked.

Both ladies laughed.

“You’ve earned our trust. But, the first time you came in here to talk to us we were wary,” Winkler said.

Gray added, “I read your paper every week and I like your articles. After reading what you’ve written about Germantown Hills it’s obvious to me you are not afraid to go after unpopular stories. I like that.”

Excellent answer, ladies. I trust you were sincere.