Image courtesy of The Grand Forks Herald
I am the world’s laziest packer. I really, really am. And this laziness causes me to tweet A LOT. (My favorite way to procrastinate.)
And so, I stumbled upon Marilyn Hagerty.
“After a lengthy wait for Olive Garden to open in Grand Forks, the lines were long in February. The novelty is slowly wearing off, but the steady following attests the warm welcome.”
There is something incredibly refreshing in Hegerty’s lack of cynicism about the much-mocked restaurant. I mean, the Olive Garden is a punchline with a lot of urbanista foodies. I’m not claiming I haven’t made jokes about it either.
“As I ate, I noticed the vases and planters with permanent flower displays on the ledges. There are several dining areas with arched doorways. And there is a fireplace that adds warmth to the decor.”
I mean, all of her points are TRUE. She’s just so positive and upbeat. ABOUT THE OLIVE GARDEN!!
Eager to learn more, I perused her back archives (no, I still have not started packing), and I found this column called: “When Life Gives You the Middle Seat, Grin and Bear It.”
I mean, she might as well write a book and title it that!!
She even names “Positive Persons of the Week”, an apparently regular feature.
So, as I prepare to leave for my vacation, I will leave you with the words of my new heroine. Hagerty writes a weekly series of letters to the mysterious Shirley. From the latest one:
“I’ve got to say I like Grand Forks, Shirley. Winter is fun watching sports, plays and hearing concerts as well as playing bridge. And when spring comes to the Red River Valley you have a feeling that you are born again. You congratulate yourself on being tough and making it through yet another winter.
I love this. I hope I can be Marilyn Hagerty, when I grow up.