Question: Why did you change careers after spending some time as a teacher?
Answer: When I went to school I majored in mathematics and business, so things like accounting and salesmanship interested me. I remember I once set up an accounting system for my parents, who were in the insurance business at the time. I ended up becoming a teacher for a while, but when my husband Bob asked me if I wanted to keep teaching or go into the business we eventually started together, I decided I wanted to do the business. I felt like if we were going to be successful, we needed to put our full selves into it, so although I was a teacher for six years, I knew the business was the right choice. He let me take care of the business and finance side of it, which worked out well. He’d go somewhere to buy plants and when he came home, I’d ask him the price, to which he would say he didn’t know yet. I was kind of on his back sometimes that way, but we got along and complemented each other very well. Our business was in landscaping and plants, so my background growing up on the farm helped me a lot. I was no expert, but I remember one time someone came in and asked me if peas grew on top of the ground or beneath the ground and at that moment, I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to be alright in this,’ and I was. – Gloria Fridley, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield
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The above photo and text are part of a year-long project we call We Are Friendship Village. We are posting these photos and brief interviews to our website’s blog section every day as we talk with residents at Friendship Village Chesterfield and Friendship Village Sunset Hills. The idea is to give a short introduction to the residents who make up our wonderful senior living communities and give you a peek at something you might not know about them!
After a year of gathering interviews and photos, we will publish A BOOK featuring all the great residents who participated. AND PARTICIPANTS get A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK! During this year, we will also be sharing these photos and stories on Facebook and other social media such as Instagram, so look for them and please follow the hashtag #WeAreFriendshipVillage to stay current with the project!
We think it’s a great chance to share a bit about who we are! Residents’ participation takes less than ten minutes, so it won’t take much time to be a part of it and we think everyone will enjoy getting to know their neighbors and friends a little bit better!
If interested in participating (or know someone else who might be), feel free to give us a call at (314) 270-7837 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by the marketing suites in Sunset Hills or Chesterfield. We have 365 of these to do over the course of the year, so everyone is welcome!
We look forward to seeing you as we get to share insights about the senior living residents who are making our Friendship Village retirement communities so great!