My Arkansas Journey

arkansasjourney.jpgYou know, sometimes it’s the little things in life that give me the most satisfaction. Sure, a twenty-percent jump in sales would be really nice about now, but something that happened recently has given me almost as much pleasure.

In a new Arkansas History textbook, The Arkansas Journey, my story and that of Arkansas Flag and Banner are profiled in a chapter entitled “Making A Living in Arkansas.” The piece, which is used to illustrate “The Entrepreneurial Spirit” of Arkansas, tells a brief history of Flag and Banner, along with a picture of our building, and one of myself with then governor Mike Huckabee. How cool is that?

I mean, a lot of people can say they work for themselves, but not so many are pictured in history books. No matter what we accomplish in our lives, we sometimes tend to ask ourselves, “What if…” we had done something else, as if the work of our life might not be good enough. Things like this make me feel just fine about what I’ve accomplished. To top it all off, I noticed that on the first page of the chapter, under the heading “People to Know,” six names were listed, and of those, Sam Walton of Wal-Mart, Charles Murphy of Murphy Oil, and William T. Dillard of Dillards Department stores were mentioned with that of little ol’ me, Kerry McCoy. Not bad. Not bad at all. Now I’d better get back to work before my entrepreneurial spirit gets lost in my gloating.