I was sitting in the Grayson Coffee House, my friend having just left, and I was staring at the wall. Fortunately for me, the wall in GCH is well worth staring at: interesting photos, colorful art, the age and wisdom of old wood. As I stared at the wall, two firemen strode in, one still in his gear. Allison greeted them warmly and the men placed their order. Just two men, resting after a long day at work.
A family came in shortly after. A beautiful mom with a little on her hip and a youngster at her feet. The youngster followed dutifully behind mommy, alternating his gaze between the dessert case and the real live firemen just inches away.
“Hey little man,” one of the firemen said. The boy waved.
I didn’t pay attention to every detail – I’m an accomplished writer, which means finding inspiration from the world around me, but there’s still part of me that doesn’t like overhearing the lives of other folks. I turned my attention to my laptop, trying to sort through a stack of emails that needed my attention.
I don’t know how long I’d been looking down, but I heard a voice, as clear and pure and sweet as a tall glass of tea. It was almost lyrical. It belonged to the little boy.
He looked up at the two firemen, and with an honest and sincere heart said, “Tank you for all you do.” The two men smiled and thanked him for his sweetness.
That’s all it was, a fleeting moment between a young boy and some community heroes. When the sun comes up tomorrow, it will have faded into the past, just another interaction between human beings in a world filled with countless such transactions.
But for a moment, from my perch at the table by the window, it reminded me of what makes Grayson so magical. This is a great city, filled with potential and wonder. In a metropolitan community, it can seem as if the world in which I grew up has vanished beneath the concrete monster. But tonight, I got to glimpse that world, the one full of innocence and wonder.
I love that about Grayson. As my friend said, “It’s an oasis in the suburban sprawl.” There are phenomenal people here, people with visions for a better city, a better tomorrow; people who want to give something back to the community that nurtures their dream.
I’m glad I was here to catch a moment of that beauty, even if from the periphery.