Today, I was eating lunch at a fast food restaurant. This is one of the restaurants where they take your name when they take your order instead of assigning you a number. When your order is ready, they announce your name. The young lady waiting on me asked my name and I told her. She didn’t understand and asked me again. I repeated my name and spelled it for her to make sure she understood. She smiled as she replied, “OK! Cool!” I thought it was unusual for anyone to think that the name Art is cool but I thought she was just being nice. While I was waiting for my food, I prepared my drink and grabbed some napkins. I stayed near the counter because the store was crowded and I wanted to give it a chance to clear out before I sat down. Another lady behind the counter was gathering food for orders and I thought I recognized my order in her hand. At the time, I was the only person who was waiting near the counter for an order. She stepped up to the counter and announced "Ant!"
My wife’s grandmother lived in Nashville right before she died. A few weeks after she passed away, my wife, my mother-in-law and I went to Nashville to help clean out her apartment. We traveled in two vehicles. My wife and I were in my small pickup truck. We were going to transport bedroom furniture. My mother-in-law was going to bring everything else in her car. It was a long day full of memories. We also visited with my wife’s aunt and cousin. They lived in Nashville. I don’t remember how early we got into town but it was very late before we were leaving. I was ready to get home as quickly as possible but everyone else wanted to stop for a snack. That’s when we decided to stop at the Waffle House.
Several years ago, I was driving my son to school on a Friday morning. My cell phone rang. I looked at the screen and it wasn’t a number that I had programmed in my phone so just the number showed. I saw that the call was from a phone with a Memphis area code. I have several friends who live around Memphis that I could potentially get calls from so I answered. The voice on the other end said “Let me speak to Leroy!” I wasn’t expecting to hear this and wasn’t sure what I just heard so I replied “What!?!” Then they asked “Is this Leroy?” I answered, “No, this is not Leroy.” I replied saying the name so my son would hear me say it so I would hopefully remember the details of this conversation. The person apologized for calling the wrong number and hung up.
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