Aiming for progress, not perfection.

"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6

Thursday, July 20, 2006

the truth, spoken aloud.

as i was in line at la madeleine, purchasing the aforementioned ceasar salad, there was a black man who looked, shall we say, just the slightest bit out of place in the university park restaurant.

i'd seen him walk in with a cane, his legs obviously handicapped in some way. he was sweating as if he'd walked a long way. or who knows? maybe walking in his state made him sweat even if it was a short way.

i was outside on the phone for a bit. but when i walked in and got in line, he was squished into this corner right next to the to-go cash register, perched on the window sill, sipping ice water through a straw in one of those clear plastic cups they give you for free.

i smiled at him. he smiled at me. i waited for my salad.

then he leaned over to me and whispered, "these good lookin' people in here sure are good lookin', but they sure ain't nice to you."

i looked into his eyes as he laughed a painful, sort of bitter laugh.

and i said, "i know."

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