Do I have a choice?
Hey Folks— Noon time several days a week finds me in our neighboring small town for lunch at the Frontier Café—it’s kinda “social central” for the locals! Now there are many things I enjoy about this little weekly habit, like the fact that the food’s good, the company’s special and the service is terrific! And Linda, the owner’s mother-in-law, is a great gal who really knows how to run a café, make you feel welcome and is an incredible dessert maker to boot. On any given day, she serves up a selection of cobblers, cakes and pies for diners to choose from with their lunch. And, oh by the way she’s the only waitress! So imagine my surprise last week, when I went strolling into the café to find Linda gone for the day. Knew something was up right away as my “table regulars” greeted me with frowns and shaking heads. Bout the time I was ready to “interrogate” the boys on where our gal was, up walks the substitute for the day. We’re talking the “full bodied, broad shouldered, big haired, wide face” special! A bit taken back, but quick to recover, I do what I do with all wait staff and put on my best “Caledonia Charm,” smiled and ask “So, what’s your name?” Without missing a beat, she turned her full bosomed left shoulder that topped a “Popeye-sized” forearm into my face. “What’s the tag say,” she barked? And sure enough, there, prominently displayed on a t-shirt that read DON’T FLATTER YOURSELF COWBOY, I WAS LOOKIN’ AT YOUR HORSE, was the name Bertha!
Normally, bout this time, I would cut loose with one of my famous wise cracks, like “Is that your last name, cause if it is, I’ll bet I can guess your first name? It’s Big, right?” Wisely, I kept my mouth shut. All went well through lunch (since it’s a self-serve buffet), until Bertha came around with a piece of store bought frozen Sara Lee pound cake and ask if I wanted desert. Knowing there must be one of Linda’s famous coconut pies in the kitchen, I “cowboyed up” and boldly ask, “Do I have a choice?” Without smiling, she said with a flat expression, “Yeah—yes or no!” Kinda got me thinking—Maybe the problem today, is that we actually have “too” many choices in our lives! Remember the simpler times of less options? “Do you want sweet or unsweet?” “Do you want it with or without cheese?” “Do you want a diet or a regular?” “Bud or Schlitz?”
And the list goes on and on— So maybe what we really need to do, to avoid life’s disappointments is to start “lowering our expectations.” Perhaps instead, we should focus more on being grateful for what we actually have and worry less bout what we don’t! After all, if you haven’t tried it in a while, Sara Lee pound cake really isn’t that bad, specially if you’re sharing it with a friend.
More wit and wisdom from your friends at the Old Bar R. Happy trails—