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I Not Schnicklefritz

Jun 1st, 2018 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

I’ve come to the conclusion that you need a three-year-old to keep life in perspective. My grandson lives in another state so I’m grateful to whoever invented the Skype application. It lets me keep in touch with him and the rest of the family with video chat in real time.

The funny thing is that when we Skype it seems to be “showtime” for him. The antics and that little devilish giggle come out. While grandma and grandpa try not to smile and laugh, we can see the frustration on our son’s face because his son is being a schnicklefritz, the name grandpa came up for our grandson when he was being sassy.

When you say to Philipp that he is being a schnicklefritz, he says: “No, I not schnicklefritz. I Philipp.” He’s very adamant that he can’t be called anything other than his name. While he can identify that he is a big brother to his sister, in his mind he’s not called that, or cousin, son or grandson — he’s just Philipp.

You’re probably wondering what this has to do with towing. I guess not a lot other than to me it seems that many of the motoring public, law enforcement, insurance companies, etc., identify towing and recovery by many names all lumped together and I — like my grandson — want to say “I not.” The towing and recovery industry is made up of professional men and women, and it’s about time we’re identified as that and only that — professionals.

This can only be done if we as members of the towing and recovery industry — like Philipp who only wants to be called “Philipp” —  insist on being referred to as towing and recovery professionals. Let’s not become a schnicklefritz.