Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Just When You Thought You Knew a Person
Hello, it's Bailey with you today. Kanner Lake is still getting a lot of publicity after the trauma from the summer. I know I've told the others not to say anything about all that, but I do want to say a few things about Paige Williams.
The first thing that anybody notices about Paige is her incredible beauty. Which is immediately followed by the realization that she doesn't seem to know it. She's beautiful on the inside, too. In the short time that I have known Paige I have never heard her say an unkind word about anybody. Trust me, when you work in a shop like mine you hear all kinds of things about people, good and bad alike.
Time has taught me through the years to not assume you know a person by what you hear. If that were true, S-man would have a larger than life reputation that would land him in the loony bin! But you get to know him and you realize he's a rather complex guy with a vivid imagination and subtle sense of humor.
Same goes for Wilbur. He may seem all prickly on the outside, but Wilbur was the one who showed up on my doorstep first after John's accident to help me do a few things around the house. He arrived one morning with his toolbox and lunch pail and told me to put him to work. Just like that.
Of course, I didn't know what to say. I just stood there, holding back tears. "Wilbur, how about you come in and have a cup of coffee with me before I head back to the hospital?"
Poor guy. He got this look on his face, like a toad looking up at a size thirteen tennis shoe bearing down fast. "Well, I . . . uh . . . I guess I could do that."
Wilbur has a heart of gold. Especially since his surgery. He won't like that I told you this though, so let's keep it between us, okay?
We love our own. Paige is no exception. So if you come here looking to stir up the dirt, just pay for your coffee and leave. Paige is part of our family and we look after our own around here. If you need a place to belong, do come by Java Joint. We'll try to make Kanner Lake feel like home to you, too.
We veterans stick together, in war and out.
(Sorry I haven't commented in awhile, S-Man, but I'm baaaaack!)
(Something tells me it wasn't caviar and vichyssoise.)
(I kept this anonymous so I don't get my head chopped off.)
Everyone has a special gift, and the unique blend here is quite refreshing. My writing has never been better or more inspired.
Links to this post:
Bailey Truitt ~ Java Joint owner
Leslie Brymes ~ reporter extraordinaire
Carla Radling ~ realtor at your service
Wilbur Hucks ~ ya gotta love him
Jake Tremaine ~ retired logger
Ted Dawson (S-Man) ~ sci-fi writer
Hank Detcher ~ pastor and friend
Janet Detcher ~ keeps Hank in line
Bev Trexel ~ retired teacher
Angie Brendt ~ Bev's best pal
Sarah Wray ~ Simple Pleasures owner
Jared Moore ~ Kanner Lake Times
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