February 15, 2016 - John D. Beckett
Maria had been preparing for this day for several months, and her
Saturday morning piano recital was nearly here.
found it difficult to think about anything else.
Best of all, she
was excited because her
daddy would be coming!
anticipation helped her
overlook all the times he
had missed other such events because of his
work, which often involved making business trips out of town.
Then, the day before the recital, her
father's boss called.
Would history repeat, she
wondered, as her
father talked to his
be called out of town again?
From what Maria could overhear, she
father was doing his
best to excuse himself from making the trip.
But as soon as he
hung up it was obvious he
had been unsuccessful.
would have to be on a flight that evening.
attendance at the recital would not be possible.
Maria did her
best to act grown up.
After all, she
was nearly ten years old.
But this time her
sadness was more painful than she
could ever remember.
John D. Beckett is chairman of R. W. Beckett Corporation in Elyria, Ohio, U.S.A., one of the world's leading manufacturers of residential and commercial heating systems.