A Snack for the Spirit – “The Diner”   1 comment

Well Said

The Diner

“Business highs, business lows, business is going nowhere unless it’s on a spiritual track,” I said to one of my friends during an early morning phone call.  I first read this in a pamphlet more than twenty years ago when I was one of the many self-employed struggling for stability.  Repeating it compounded the message that staying on track meant including God.

Later that morning I traveled to the outskirts of Boston from Connecticut with my partner Lisa to prepare for a meeting with an attorney who came highly recommended to represent her in a lawsuit concerning her mother’s recent death. Four months had passed and, of course, Lisa was still very raw having lost her mother and her best friend.

It was a two hundred mile trek that would take three hours by car. This was the beginning of an unknown journey – to defend someone who no longer could defend themselves.  Many questions lingered – the answers were yet to be revealed.  How could we know if we were on the right track?

To live up to my word of being “supportive” I had to agree not to make or receive phone calls or check email.  It was easy to say yes especially since I was doing the driving.

The early December morning came with bone chilling cold but was tempered with sunshine and story-telling clouds.  I hadn’t yet become accustomed to temperatures below freezing. Thank God for heated car seats and that I only had to pump gas once while standing in the cold.  Bracing myself against the wind, I glanced at the driver’s door while I filled up and wished I could be inside. Then I thought of others suffering in the cold this morning without a warm place immediately available to them.  Whatever happened to those latches on gas pumps that would maintain the gas flow so you could jump back in your car to get out of the weather?

By  9:30am we were ready for a real breakfast.  Lisa was on her IPhone navigating to the app “Around Me” that led us to the Track Nine Diner in Willington, CT less than a mile from I95.  Named appropriately for its location next to the railroad tracks and across the street from a weather worn vacant barn this was the perfect stop.  Scrambled eggs, spinach, and cheese with unlimited coffee pours fueled our jets.  When Lisa momentarily left the table taking our conversation with her I was left with only my stomach and ears to fill.  My interest lit upon two male diners across the room when I heard the word, “Spiritual.”  It was like being in a foreign country and suddenly hearing someone who spoke my language. One was white-haired, forty something – the other, ten years or so younger, in a navy blue hoodie was bobbing his head in excited agreement like he was hungry for the words to spill out.  I strained to tune in to the conversation  – able to pick up pieces as the volume peaked and fell.

“Chapel….Sunday…We should do more . . . “

When Lisa returned to the table I asked her if she had noticed them. She too had overheard bits and pieces of their soulful comments.  We smiled in silent agreement. For me the breadcrumbs of their conversation offered assurance that perhaps we were on the right track.

After taking some photos to mark the occasion we were back on I95 headed to the Mass Pike.  An hour or so later we were traversing the hillside streets of Newton, Massachusetts being led by the GPS through a working class residential neighborhood.  At the end of a dead-end street amidst tall late autumn bare trees was our destination.  A 1960s three-story concrete boxy office building towered over its neighbor; a white aluminum-sided single family home whose front yard was littered with toys and a bright pink and yellow swing set.  Bordering the office building on the opposite side were railroad tracks. I wondered if they ran all the way back to the Track Nine Diner.

I don’t always get the answers I’m seeking but God always lets me know when I’m on the right track and strengthens me to keep on going.

Posted December 16, 2010 by doreenbirdsell in Snacks for the Spirit

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  1. i like it


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