Is there a familiar face that you see around town, and one that you would recognize anywhere? You know, someone that feels as much a part of your hometown as your family does? The only difference being that you do not even know their name. I often tell my husband, Jason, that I want to be a noticer. I do not want to pass through my days without noticing people and learning about them. Little did I know I was about to get a slap in the face when I saw a facebook post from someone asking “Is the rose guy out today?” It was in that moment that I realized I did not know his name. I could visualize his face, see the white van and envision the roses he sold, but I did not know his name. Shame on me. I knew his wife’s name but had forgotten it over the years. I had to change that, I needed to meet “the rose guy,” and find out about him. 

On my way to a home school field trip, with my 3 kiddos in tow, I went to find Mr. Tyler Rose himself.  I pulled up to his van and with a warm and familiar feeling he sat there with beautiful roses for sale. Thankfully he is gracious and answered all of my questions. His name is Tony Gonzales. He and his wife Natividad have been married since 1980. They have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. I told him that I have never seen eyes as beautiful as his wife’s eyes. Many of us knew Natividad’s face first as she was the original one who sold the roses. Due to helping care for grandchildren, as well as health issues, she has been unable to sell roses so Tony now does it solo. After working in construction for many years, Tony went to work for Mr. Nix of Whitehouse,Texas, and has worked for him for over 30 years now. Not only is Tony a hard worker, he’s also a pleasure to talk to.  “A person’s name is to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language,” Dale Carnegie said. Let’s stop passing people by in the hustle and bustle of our days and instead let’s get to know their name.


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