Recently, my husband and I, along with our 10 yr old granddaughter, grabbed lunch at a city diner. We had contemplated returning back to our 'hood and lunching at a place where we often ate....a place where we were familiar with menu selections and atmosphere. Instead we opted to branch out of our comfort zone and try some place new.
So we stepped into this 50's inspired downtown diner where breakfast is served 24/7 along with the usual burgers and fries and where the employees know their regulars. We decided to sit at the counter in order to get the full diner experience. We took notice of the legendary posters that adorned the walls ... James Dean, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe ... and had quite the conversation with our granddaughter regarding each of the famous Hollywood stars while we waited for our order.
As our food arrived, a gentleman entered the diner and sat next to me at the counter. Without a glance to the menu, he placed his order. He had been here before.
Now, when you choose to sit at a counter, you can expect to be in conversation with whomever sits next to you. It's just the friendly thing to do.
So a conversation was had over a hamburger and fries (for me) and scrambled eggs with sweet potato fries (for him). He shared about his sobriety (5 years!), his health journey (recovering from a stroke), his twin sister (always a light-hearted competition with her but one he's currently ahead of in terms of health scores ), and his beautiful daughter (proud dad moment as he shared pictures from his phone).
As we were leaving, I wished him a good day and good luck as he continued with his healthy life choices. He replied ..."it was nice chatting with you."
Once outside the diner, my granddaughter.- having noticed my diner conversation - asked if this man was my friend. My husband and I glanced at each other before replying. Was he a friend? Or merely a stranger who just happened to be friendly? I suppose both answers would be correct.
I answered yes.
We went on our way, back to our 'hood and our familiar surroundings. Our bellies full of yummy diner food and our hearts full with a new friendship.
The world needs more friendship opportunities, don't you think?
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