Today, May 21, 2014 is a day set aside for “Wait Staff Apreciation.”
By celebrating servers in the food industry we may improve their
self images and produce great service. It is always a wise choice
to be friendly to the ones, going in the kitchen to pick up your food
So, please appreciate all those men and women who try valiantly to fill
your food orders. They do, most of the time, try to act pleasantly and
give you time to look over the menu!
Tomorrow, is a day to remember Mr. Rogers. Fred started his long run of
being a kind neighbor to the younger ones in our world, back on May 22,
1967. Now, Wikipedia doesn’t have the correct date, as I found this in a
His show, “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood,” continued until 2001. Fred
passed away in 2003. In his lifetime, he received the Presidential
Medal of Honor, over 40 other special awards and the Peabody Award.
I felt Fred’s gentle soul, soft spoken ways, his daily routines were
quite soothing and comforting to my toddler children. I realize that
these days, with high technology and such fast-paced lives, most of
the small ones would find his show, “Boring!” I liked his changing
his jacket into a sweater, his puppets in the Land of Make Believe
and his male role model in a society, that even when my children
were little, did not have many male adults on television that tried
to ‘reach them.’
Another man who served his country well, is my good friend and coworker,
Melvin. He was walking out of the building today, telling me a funny
story about the Jack Russell terrier that lives next door to him, out
in Delaware County. It was a great one, where I wished (and he does, too)
that he could have captured this on film!
The story of his neighbor’s dog, “Ignat” is interesting and such an
amazing story that you may not quite believe it. I would not, if I
didn’t know this fine man, Melvin, who served his country from 1975
until 1997. His Army days have been fun to listen to, including his
serving in Germany, (maybe you remember he bought me a special wine
that they serve on the streets of Germany, warmed up in little cups
for the shoppers at Christmas?) You may remember his annual trips to
meet his Army buddies and the time he paid for a bunch of them to
have lobsters and crabs in Massachusetts. Also, he is the man who I
‘chase’ and he ‘chases’ me, around the area on the second floor of
our warehouse, called the Mezzanine.
Before you ask, ‘Why aren’t you thinking about Melvin as a future partner,
Robin?’ I will tell you that he is a very devoted boyfriend and lives
with a woman who has had serious surgery, sometimes he has cleaned out
colostomy bags or helped bathe her.
The best parts of Melvin, are his incredible patience and heart!
Oh, and having served as a cook, he is an outstanding guest at our work
potlucks! Melvin is getting geared up to be the caterer of a good pal’s
daughter’s high school graduation. He was out, recently, pricing pork.
I may or may not have told you, a weird thing is, most places don’t
keep the skin on the pig! So, he had a ‘heck’ of a time locating one
that he could put on a pit!
Another part of my ‘verification’ of his abilities to not only work hard;
but be truthful is that he has always ‘called them like he sees them,’ no
matter what. In any conversation, whether it is about “Duck Dynasty,”
musical tastes or whether or not he likes a certain movie or song, he
will impart his ‘wisdom.’ I sometimes will include him in my ‘lunch time’
survey of opinions to include in my stories about work.
Anyway, Melvin was out in the yard, looking around the barn where he had
seen a large, lumbering raccoon go into. He also was looking out at the
field, where he had just seen a young doe. He was smiling, while recounting
about seeing the white tail bobbing up and down, as it leaped over some of
the remains of weeds that had grown up in the neighboring farmer’s fields.
He says, that he shouted to “Ignat” (possibly the shortened name for
Ignatious?) We cannot figure out why this dog has this name and Melvin
is sure of it, since he has bent down to feed him a dog biscuit and
read the little brass circle that holds his name. Melvin calls him
“Little Big Man,” in remembrance of Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of a
wizened, stooped version of a Native American and why that makes him
think of that, I am not sure…
Anyway, I digress again!
Back to the rest of Melvin’s story, he whistled to the neighbor’s
roaming dog, and he would not come to him. He was gazing off into the
distance at the doe, sure enough, there was a blurring motion of the
dog, as it took chase after the doe. Melvin says that they would go
‘aways,’ the dog’s energy would start to wane, and “Ignat” would slow
down. The doe, he insists, would slow down to ‘wait’ for the dog to
catch his breath. Melvin insists that the doe even stopped from entering
the nearby woods, turning her direction to head a different direction!
“Ignat” would then zigzag and head off, speeding up to catch the doe!
Melvin says he would ‘swear on a Bible’ that this was a true incident!
When he got tired of seeing if “Ignat” would catch the doe, he looked
up at the window of his barn and lo and behold!
Another ‘minor miracle’ occurred!
Melvin saw four little baby raccoons with their tiny little paws up
on the window pane! He did not see that for too long, since the Mama
Raccoon must have ‘shooed them away from the window.’
“Melvin, are you sure, double sure, that you aren’t pulling my leg
He repeated the part about ‘swearing on the Bible.’
Wasn’t this more than enough to entertain me,
and you, today?