I started my first job with a home building company in the summer of 1980. It was a small company, 15 or 20 employees, run by a Leon and sweet genius of a man who went on to teach at the University of Florida, and is long since dead. He still haunts me. I can recall early on in working there saying something about cement blocks, and him correcting me, that those are concrete blocks. Cement is what sticks together the aggregate in concrete, a cement block or sidewalk would be all stick and no strength. When I saw this sign in Philly, I could hear Leon echoing in my head, "Concrete, cement is just what sticks it all together!"
I was in the grocery store recently, and someone had left open one of the doors on the cheese display in the dairy department. This time it was my mother screaming, "CLOSE THAT DOOR!"echoing in my brain. I did close the door, even though I didn't leave it open.
Those voices that echo in our heads are how people from our past haunt us. Nothing sinister or evil about these hauntings (well there are few things from mom that would challenge that statement) but lessons learned and reinforced.
Who haunts you?
There is one other Leon story, I have to tell. The staff went out to lunch once a month. At lunch one day, someone ordered Scotch (whiskey) on the rocks. Leon grimaced, and said, "I don't know how you can drink that stuff." I responded that "Scotch is an acquired taste, you get use to it." Leon responded, "If I put my hand on the table and pick up a hammer and start pounding on my hand, after a couple of minutes I will get use to it, it still won't be pleasant, but I will get use to it." I loved working with him.