Spotlight: Franklin Troiso (herbie43)By Sharon Brown (Sharon) on April 25, 2011
|Everybody knows Herbie. We've known him for years and we've cried and celebrated right along with him through many family events, both his and our own. But I thought maybe there might be something yet to learn about this most caring, amicable family man. Let's take a look at what he has to say.|
Sometimes when we contact our Cubit friends and ask them to be in our Spotlight, we get a lot of "Oh, I'm boring," or maybe "I just don't have time right now," and sometimes we get "Oh no, not me!" But when I asked Frank, bless his heart, this is what he said: "It would be my pleasure."
What a sweetheart. I didn't have to grovel and beg! But the truth is Franklin and I have been friends for a long time. We met years ago in a forum called something like 'A Trip Down Memory Lane' where I learned we had grown up at the same time, though miles and miles apart. We remembered the same world events, the same music, the same movies. We had grown up with similar values.
So Frank, sharing your story is for sure my pleasure. Join me now and let's hear about the life of everybody's friend, herbie43, aka Franklin Troiso.
Frank, you know, your positive outlook shines through your words. I didn't know you lost your parents so early in your life, how tragic and heartbreaking! But through it all, you seem to smile and move on.
Oh, I love a good 'love story'. In today's world, marrying your best friend and your first love is the exception, not always the rule. The wonder of it all is that you remain best friends and in love even after all these years. My hat's off to you and Deb.
I know you love gardening because I was the recipient of some wonderful tomato seeds a few years ago. In fact, that reminds me, I'm fresh out of a tomato, but I do remember just how tasty they were! Thanks, Frank. Now tell us how you became involved in gardening.
Have you and Debbie traveled much over the years?
Will you share with us the very best years of your life?
The second best thing was the birth of our two boys. Deb became pregnant twice but both times resulted in miscarriages. We were thinking about adopting when she became pregnant for the third time. She had to spend a lot of time in bed but we were blessed with our son Frank who was a few weeks premature and weighed 5 lbs. 13 oz. but otherwise healthy. Eighteen months later we were blessed with a second child. Chris was even more premature and came in weighing 5lbs. 3 oz. They were both so tiny when Deb put on their diapers the tapes met in the middle. Today they are both strapping young men over 6 feet tall.
Another great moment in our lives was the marriage of our son Chris to Danielle. I have never seen Chris so happy and that makes us happy.
Those were all proud moments for me but an exciting and fun time in our lives has to be when my wife became an author. About three years ago, at the urging of our daughter in law, Debbie decided to write a cookbook.
Sweet!! Still a love story! And I never tire of seeing your beautiful little Ava, no matter what cubit she appears in! What about hobbies, do you have a favorite?
Ahhhhh, I should have known that! What are your plans for the future?
I will be retiring from the Postal Service on May 31st. Our son, Chris, is a federal correction officer in Massachusetts and has recently had a house built in Rutland. While the house was being built he asked us to move in with them. He said it would be a win-win situation. We could live there rent free and when Danielle went back to work (she is a transplant nurse) we could watch Ava. Even though it sounded good we still felt that four people living in a house, even though the house was big, wasn’t the best idea. One night he called up and asked us if we would be interested in converting the basement into an apartment so we can have our own place and still watch Ava. After thinking about it for a while and weighing the pros and cons, the pros won out and we said yes. Our nephew Frank has already framed out the basement into a bathroom, bedroom (with a ten foot closet), the kitchen and living room. Deb has already picked out the flooring, the kitchen cabinets, our new bedroom furniture and the colors all the rooms will be. My only contribution to this apartment is to pay the bills. LOL.
The one thing we will miss the most about the move is not seeing our son Frank as often as we do now. He calls his mom each and every day and goes out of his way to make her feel special whether it’s buying her a plate or ornament from the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” to buying her flowers when she is not feeling good. We will also miss very much all the friends we have made here and who have become a second family to us.
Sometimes I do dumb things like the time when I decided to mow the lawn instead of having my kids do it. I got on the riding mower (my boys didn't tell me the brakes did not work) and when I went to put it back into the garage the brakes did not stop me. I hit the garage door and proceeded to not only crack the door but the mower went right up the front of it and turned over with me underneath it. My son, Frank, said that I reminded him of the Herbie character in the Christmas TV show The Misfits, where all the broken toys end up.
I don't really believe the term 'broken toy' will ever apply to you, dear Frank. You'll no doubt get right back up every time you find yourself down. Thank you so very much for this delightful peek into your life. It's a beautiful love story.
We wish you much joy and happiness in your new venture: retirement, a new state, a new home. Most of us do one thing at a time, but you and Deb are going to do it all at once. My very best wishes to you, my friend. May you always greet every sunrise with that smile of yours!
And thank you, readers, for joining us. Don't forget to browse over the photos to see their titles and click on them to enlarge. Join us again next week as we see who Nancy brings into the Spotlight.
I hope you've had a most beautiful Easter Sunday.
|interview, life, people, spotlight|
|I am a retired Art and Humanities teacher living in western Kentucky. I love writing and art with equal measure, but I also have a passion for nature and plants.|
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Comments and discussion:
|Subject||Thread Starter||Last Reply||Replies|
|I've wondered about the name, Herbie43||Aguane||Apr 30, 2011 2:50 PM||39|
|To Herbie 43||pajonica||Apr 26, 2011 5:53 PM||10|
|Thank You Sharon||DebbieHerbie43||Apr 25, 2011 7:21 PM||1|
|Such a Nice Man||nap||Apr 25, 2011 7:09 PM||8|
|A wonderful life...||MaryE||Apr 25, 2011 7:01 PM||3|
|A Face for the Name||CajuninKy||Apr 25, 2011 7:00 PM||8|
|Best wishes||PollyK||Apr 25, 2011 8:20 AM||1|