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Topic: Body Language (11/25/10)
TITLE: People on the Other Side of the Ladle
By Dana McReynolds
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Long days with nothin’ to do give a man two choices, to tune out the world or try to learn somethin’ from it. Me, I’m a people watcher. I figure if I can’t watch tv, then I got the next best thing, maybe even better. Sit me on a bus and I can just about tell you where a person’s goin’ and I can for sure tell you if they’re enoyin’ the ride.
I’ve ate fish with the Catholics and chicken with the Baptists. It don’t matter what they put on the plate, they all got one thing in common, they really don’t want to be there. Oh, I’m sure most have good intentions, but that don’t mean they’re comfortable. Most times, they’ll glance up and give a nervous smile, then act all busy with the food. I guess rearrangin’ some sandwiches and stirrin’ some chili is a good distraction from a homeless man.
Tonight was a different story. I sat down with my plate and a man asked if he could join me. I was leary at first, he was from the church and I was expectin’ a sermon. But I couldn’t say no, I was eatin’ their food after all. Turned out I was in for a surprise. We ate our food and talked and I believe he was really listenin’. He couldn’t a been more at ease if he’d been at his own dinner table. And the funny thing is I think it rubbed off on me. For a minute I felt like a teenager again, kicked back at the diner with my buddies.
I left that church with more than a full belly. It felt good, real good.
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