Tomorrow is my birthday. Not just any birthday – my 50th! The other day someone said to me, “Don’t worry! 50 is the new 70!!!” WHAAAT??? If you are late getting my birthday card in the mail, don’t worry! In tomorrow’s post I’m going to ask you something, and all I want for my birthday is for at least 50 of you to answer. Check back tomorrow and add your voice to the group!
Since it’s my birthday week, I’m going to start off by posting something fun. In fact – maybe I’ll make it a whole week of fun (door-related fun – woohoo!)! I read this story on our Allegion intranet the other day, and asked for permission to re-post it here. I can’t resist 7-year-old hardware fans, especially one who saved for over a year to buy a Schlage lock…
Meet Allegion’s biggest fan: 7-year-old Logan the Locksmith
Dee Ann Adams
Logan, a 7-year-old from Michigan, loves locks. His dad recently reached out to Ann Matheis to share Logan’s story and ask for Schlage-branded gear that he could give Logan for his birthday.
Matheis, marketing director – multifamily, and Tamara Douce, residential marketing leader – PR and communications, put together a care package with Allegion swag and a Schlage Sense lock. They also offered to host Logan in Carmel if and when he can make the trip from Michigan.
The email and photos below from Logan’s dad tell the story:
Logan opened up the box you sent and he literally could not stop jumping up and down and screaming. You sure have made his day! There is a picture of him opening it up and his birthday cake from the night before – notice the Schlage lock on it. Beyond the lock, he was very excited about the pin kit and the hat. I never have seen him immediately put on or desire to wear a hat, but he did with the one you sent.
Also attached are a bunch of pictures from Logan’s Locksmith Shop. His room has a few parts to it. First his main bedroom, which is his waiting room and has the outside door with the Logan Pl sign on it. In this part of the room, he has his key hall of fame – important, retired keys that he has used, for example grandma and grandpa’s old house. This leads to his closet, where he has his locksmith shop.
On the outside door of his shop he has a “price” list and his hours. Notice he starts at 5 a.m. Every day he gets up at 5, much to my chagrin, because he is so excited about it all.
In his shop he has a cabinet with locks and parts. In addition he has a keychain collection and a bin with ziploc bags that has keys – most he has no clue what they go to, as they were collected from various discard bins. He also put the empty box that the lock you sent came in as a pretend item for his shop.
Notice the locks on the doors: on the outside bedroom door is the Schlage lock he saved for – for 1.5 years. The lock you sent is now on the Locksmith shop door and is being used nonstop. In fact so much, he could be a quality control engineer. He has different codes for all of us in the house as well as a few of his stuffed dogs.
Thank you again for being so kind and making his day! He has been talking about it nonstop and you have impacted him tremendously with your kindness. He is looking forward to showing it off with his friends and extended family. At school, he is known as Logan the Locksmith – always having keys and talking about locks. I am sure Schlage with be a focal part of his conversations.
Michael S., father of Logan the Locksmith
And if the email and photos didn’t get to you, check out this video:
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Happy Birthday!! Logan is 7, not 70 😉 I hope to wish you Happy Birthday again at the 70th Birthday.
Thanks Leo! I hope to be retired when I’m 70, but if you can find me, I’ll be happy to hear from you! 🙂
you’ve gone where many go to retire already ! you just need to fill out some forms at Human Resources ! hehehe
Happy Early Birthday Lori! You don’t look a day over 29:)
Haha – thanks Tamara! Yesterday I was watching my youngest daughter rock-climbing and one of her 10YO friends asked why I wasn’t climbing. I jokingly said, “Because I’m too old,” and she responded, “You’re not old!” Either her mother has trained her to be polite, or age really is just a number. I’m still not climbing any giant scorpion-infested rock wall though!
Happy birthday, kiddo!
Happy birthday! I think you should try rock climbing too! Maybe something smaller, with fewer scorpions, and fewer 10 year olds scampering past you.
I don’t know – it looked VERY tough from down below.
Happy birthday Lori, you are the Code Princess and now there’s a Lock Prince!
Happy Birthday, Lori!
Lori, happy 50th birthday!! I seen thos on facebook on a locksmith’s page, I think it’s cool that Logan got into locks and keys,
About 6 years ago I rememeber getting a question about a leaking door closer from a child who had to have been about 6 to 8 years old, the british child has been soo far the youngest person to ask for help.
I will try to remember to comment tomorrow to add to the comments to make it up to 50,
I wonder what the future posts will be (the fun you said about)
ALSO….I do remember the original Norton Door Check & Spring was patented on August 1, 1882!
-Jess the Door Closer Doctor
¡Feliz cumpleaños mi amiga tiene un gran día!
Hey Lori, happy birthday. I hope you had a great day.
Happy Birthday! Any chance you can shoot me Logan’s info? I’d like to get a goodie bag together and send it to him. Thanks
Happy Birthday! And 50 is supposed to be the new 30. Not the other way around.
Thanks for sharing Logan’s story. What passion!!
This got stuck in my ‘junk’ folder for some reason, so maybe that means something! And 50 is easy. 55 is something else all together. LOL
Happy belated b-day!
I Really enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing.
It’s me, Logan, from the article. I want to thank you for your support and Allegion for the box of stuff 🙂
If you want to see my current website, please visit http://www.loganslocks.com.