Remember the towing controversy at the McHenry County Board level, here’s a new view set right on the northwest side of Crystal Lake near the intersection of Routes 14 and 176.
The Day Tradition Died
By Peg McHugh
Date: Friday, November 6, 2009…a beautiful and surprisingly mild November afternoon around 1:00 pm
Place: Flowerwood’s East Parking Lot, Crystal Lake, IL
It was that time of year.
From a young married girl to a Grandmother, Flowerwood flooded my mind with strong and sweet memories.
For the past 38 years, I have filled my yard with their landscaping specimens, patio furniture and decorated many of their Christmas trees with their ornaments.
And nothing was more poignant than the two gingerbread men ornaments I bought last year for my grandchildren at …Flowerwood.
Friday, November 6, 2009….the day tradition died …fade to black.
After a Friday meeting, I ran some errands and eagerly anticipated my stop at…Flowerwood.
As I came through door, two employees were decorating Christmas trees and chatting with one another. I did some browsing but nothing caught my eye.
I knew this was just my first visit of the holiday season, so I left the store.
Pulling out of the parking space, I needed to use a restroom and wanted something to drink.
So, I drove across Flowerwood’s parking lot and parked on the east end of the lot and walked the 50 ft. into the McDonalds.
A few minutes later, I came out and looked toward my car.
Then I blinked again.
My car was gone!!
Bewildered, I stood wondering how my car could have just vanished!
I headed toward the Flowerwood entrance, and as I did so, I saw a sign on the opposite end of the lot warning that non patrons of Flowerwood would have their vehicle towed away.
I did not see the sign when I pulled in. However, I did see a hunk of sheet metal face down on the grass where I had parked. (Turns out that hunk of sheet metal was the OTHER warning sign which had fallen off its post.)
So there I was…a milk shake in one hand, car keys in the other with no wheels to leave.
Scenes III and IV tomorrow.