Saturday, November 8, 2008
The Red Crown
John had already had supper with his daughter after taking her to a doctor appointment. When I drove him for an errand we passed a new little cafe named The Red Crown. Actually it isn't new its been there about two years but I just haven't been there. I told him we should stop there sometime to see if they have chicken salad sandwiches. He said well why don't you get you one. I took him home and drove back around and drove into the exit. No sweat they had no business. Its on a busy corner, busy for this town and its in an old house. They keep a Christmas tree decorated all in red up year round in the window. When I walked in the door it was like I was walking into someone's home. Very very quiet and very pretty. Furniture like in a home but with a cozy little table with two chairs sitting here and there. I felt I needed to ring a door bell or yell anyone home? I moved quietly through the rooms thinking it did say "open" on the front door, didn't it? I came through a door and saw a cash register and counter with a young man standing behind it. May I order a chicken salad sandwich to go. He said we don't have that but we have a good grilled chicken sandwich. All the time we're kind of staring at each other sizing each other up. It hits me, I knew this young man when he was a little boy. He was pudgy with a little baby fat and mean as all get out. When he became a teenager and learned to drive he was hell on wheels. Here he was all grown up, tall, slim, dressed neatly and very manerly. I ask about his older brother and he said he hadn't talked to him in a while. He said some just never learn. His brother had been into all kinds of trouble. I waited while he made my sandwich, paid him and then I told him he had turned out to be a nice looking young man. He thanked me and said thats what all those spankings will do for you.