From The Storyteller
Hello All: Recently I discovered I've been granted a new status in life. It's possible that you have been also. Enjoy. Doug
“Thank you” - Me after ordering my eggs “sunny side up” followed by, “No problem”, from the waiter. Having been on the road visiting family during the last several weeks, Elaine and I have relied on restaurant food far more than normal, and we’ve constantly been rewarded by the waitstaff with the words “perfect” and “no problem”.
Having been repeatedly praised for ordering the “perfect” breakfast, I found myself facing a dilemma: Had I risen to the top of the Breakfast Eaters Club, or simply discovered the result of K-12 teachers using these words to reward their student’s efforts. The only thing missing from the restaurant morning greetings is the phrase “good job” after finishing breakfast.
I found myself smiling when, after giving my address over the phone to the person taking my hotel reservation, as I’m rewarded once again with “perfect”. My smile lasts as I wonder how many people are found to be not “perfect” when they give their home address incorrectly. And this brings me back to my morning breakfast. Would I still be “perfect” with “no problem”, if I’d asked to have my eggs cooked “over easy” instead of “sunny side up”.
Right about now you’re probably wondering how I find the time to consider these deep, yet marvelous thoughts. While I would love to point to my clean living and great intellect, being truthful is the better option. That road trip visiting family I mentioned above covered seven states and about 2500 miles. As you might guess, this gave Elaine and me a great deal of time to ponder these deep thoughts.
Note: When I’m driving and my observations begin to flow, Elaine
smiles a lot, offers some suggestions, but mostly she listens patiently.
Moral: On long drives a good listener is a good partner to have.