I’m quite partial to Wimpy’s Diner in St. Thomas. I won’t admit to you how many seniors’ (Who me?) breakfasts I’ve consumed on Talbot St.
I was in London yesterday around supper time and decided to partake of Wimpy’s excellent Greek salad. I knew the staff in St. Thomas. Not so for London. A young woman named Katie was my server. She was so courteous, even calling me “sir” a few times. She also arranged for me to receive eight black olives on my salad, virtually a world’s record. After digesting the olives,romaine lettuce, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese and Saturday’s edition of The London Free Press, I contemplated dessert.
Bruce to Katie: Would it be decadent and excessive to have dessert after consuming such a large salad?
Katie to Bruce: No, not at all. It would be entirely appropriate (or words of that nature).
Bruce: What kinds of pie do you have?
Katie: (Blah, blah, blah), coconut cream, (Blah, blah)
Bruce: If I had the coconut cream, do you think I’d be alive at the end of it all?
Katie: Oh yes, I’m sure of it.
(Katie leaves to serve another customer)
Bruce: I’ve decided to show moderation, in that eating pie right now would be seen by many as excessive. So … I’ll have the coconut cream.
(Katie returns with the biggest piece of pie I’ve had in this lifetime)
Katie: I thought you deserved it.
(Bruce eating and eating and eating some more … pie mostly gone)
(Katie comes over)
Bruce: Excuse me, miss. I have a complaint. You see that fellow over there in the next booth? (I had been talking to him and his wife, and I was sure he was willing to play, as I knew Katie was) He came over here, said that coconut cream looked awfully good, and proceeded to put his face in my pie, devouring almost all of it. (Man smiles.)
Katie: Well, that’s it. The next time you two come into Wimpy’s, I’m seating you at opposite ends of the restaurant.
And so it went. We all had fun. Good people.
As Katie brought me the handheld machine for my MasterCard, I decided to ask her a question:
“My wife Jody died in November. I wrote a book about what we experienced during the last year of her life. I’m giving it away to anyone who’d like to read our story. Feel free to say no, but would you like a copy?”
(Katie starts crying, and keeps crying for the rest of my visit at Wimpy’s) “Yes.”
I go out to Hugo to get one of Jody’s books from the trunk. I open the door of the restaurant. Three servers – Katie, Robyn and Yasmin – are staring at me. Katie continues to cry. “May I have a copy?” “Of course.” “Me too?” “Yes.” And another trip to Hugo.
It’s all life. It’s all love. It’s all who we are.