Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Today's Special

This week's Trifecta challenge is to use that most modern of words, "whatever" in a story.  Here is my uplifting, true, 33-word story of hope in a seemingly "whatever" kind of world.


Today's Special

In times of self-absorption and whatever attitudes,
I recently received a sign that all hope was not lost.

A sign, in sauce, from persons unknown

A wish for my happiness
sheathed in cardboard.

















I turned 50 this past Monday!!!  Holy crap!!!   How did that happen???!!!    

Anyway, for supper it was decided that Daddy should be able to have whatever he wanted so, I opted for a pizza from a local Cobourg institution called Jim's Pizza Palace.  Everything at Jim's is homemade and the pizzas are always delicious so, ordering from there was a no-brainer.  All I was expecting was a tasty supper but, in addition, what I got was a tasty story and a wonderful feeling inside.  Here is the true tale.

My wife, Keri, called in the order at 4:30pm. The order was received without incident and, a half-hour later, Keri got in the car and drove to Jim's to pick up our supper.  However, when she arrived, she found a note on the door that stated, "Effective January 1st, Jim's will be closed on Mondays."  This puzzled Keri as she had placed the order herself. So, she cautiously approached the door and slowly pulled on the handle.  The door opened. Keri poked her head inside. A voice from the back shouted out, "Sorry, We're closed."   
Keri replied, "But, I think I just placed an order with you."  
A man quickly rushed out from the kitchen and said, "Oh yes!  Sorry.  We really shouldn't have taken your order but, since this was our first Monday closed, we forgot.  Since we were here anyway, we decided to make you your pizza."  The pizza was presented with a flourish.  "We made it especially for you", the man said.  
Keri smiled and said, "Well, for your information, you didn't make it for me.  You made it for my husband who requested a "Jim's pizza" for his 50th birthday supper."
The man quickly took the pizza back, went into the kitchen and returned with a smile on his face.  "Here is your husband's birthday pizza.  Wish him well and thank him for sharing his birthday with us at Jim's."

Keri took the pizza home and I opened the box and saw what you saw pictured above.  What a nice gesture.  

I don't know Jim or his family but, just the same, they helped to play a part in making a special birthday even more special.  In these times of standardization and consolidation, there is still much to be said about local "Mom and Pop" businesses and the type of customer service they have it within themselves to provide.

I wrote a shorter version of this story for Jim's Facebook site and it has garnered well over 100 "likes" and dozens of extremely positive comments, too. So, what a way to hit the big 5-0!!!   By the way, the pizza was delicious.  :)

45 comments:

  1. Happy Belated Birthday, Tom! 50, eh? Well, as a 50ish person myself, I can say, it only gets better :))

    Wonderful stories - both the Trifecta entry and the longer one above. I will take this as a great sign: you've joined in the first writing challenge of the month. Hopefully this is following the adage: 'start as you mean to continue'!

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    1. Thanks, my friend. Everyone needs a gentle nudge, once and awhile. :)

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  2. That is awesome. Happy Birthday!

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    1. Pretty cool, eh?! Thanks for the good wishes. :)

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  3. Such a wonderful story , Tom. Humanity is alive , such stories inspire us to stay true. This is the reason I always support "Mom and Pop " businesses. Belated birthday wishes ; wishing you all the happiness ,success and the magic of this wonderful world ! :)

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Archita, for the birthday wishes. I appreciate them very much. All hail, Mom and Pop businesses! :)

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  4. Happy Birthday, you young thing!!! 50 is awesome, so have fun. This is a wonderful story about people who care. I support local businesses whenever I can for this very reason. As for the Trifecta entry, it made me happy... for you and for me (to read). Have a great day!!!

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  5. Happy birthday! I'm one year behind you :-) way cool story and day.

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    1. There is nooooo way you are one year behind me, based on your blog photo! No way! :) Never-the-less, I thank you for your comments and wishes. I appreciate them very mud, LaTonya.

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    2. Oh Good Lord......thank you very m-u-c-h, not very mud! Geez Louise! :)

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  6. WOW! That is amazing!! Happy Birthday!!!!!!

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    1. There is good ness in the world. I enjoy shining a light on the goodness done by others. We can always use a little positive news, eh? :) Thanks for your comments. I appreciate them.

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  7. Happy 50th! That was a lovely gesture from the pizza parlor.

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    1. It's the little things that make life great, at times! It was a fun surprise, for sure. Thanks for the comment, Tara. :)

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  8. Happy birthday! I love that they forgot they were closed. How lucky for you!

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    1. First Monday closed ever, as far as I am aware. I guess it was just in their blood to be there, even though they wer closed. :)

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  9. Awesome pizza - and even better story! I love the local shops as they seem to get to know customers more and go the extra mile. Happy 50th!

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    1. I try to shop "local" as often as I can. It is no picnic to run a small business. I have a lot of respect for their hard work so, if I can help by giving them business then, that is what I do. Thanks for your great comments. :)

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  10. this is the coolest story that i am so happy you shared with your readers. bless the pizza worker and bless you on your birthday. belated happy wishes to you.

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  11. Thanks, Sun! I think it is a cool story, too. It is so positive in all respects. Thanks for such an excellent comment. :)

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  12. Happy Birthday! And what a great story to share--it really made me smile! I wish that we had a place like that around here, but no such luck. Thousands of Mexican food places, but few pizza parlors, darn it!

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    1. Hard to find good Mexican food in this part of my world. We have a Mucho Burritto chain but, that is about it. So, good pizza it is! Thanks for your kind comments, Tina. :)

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  13. Love the pizza. Happy birthday! :)

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    1. It was delicious and delightful, all in one box. Thanks for stopping by with your comments, Margit. I appreciate them a lot. :)

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  14. That delicious pizza just made my mouth water ;) Happy BirthDay to you, beautiful ! Loved reading your lovely thoughts :) xx

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    1. Thank you for such a wonderful comment! The pizza was delicious. I wouldn't mind a slice or two right now, as a matter of fact. :) Take care and, thanks.

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  15. The people at Jim's Pizza live beyond the whatever world for sure! Happy belated birthday!

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    1. Thank you, Darcy. The folks at Jim's are top notch, for sure. Thanks for your extremely nice comment. I appreciate it.

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  16. This is terrific, Tom! The middle line is just awesome, as is "sheathed in cardboard".
    Happy Belated Birthday! 50, huh? Embrace the weight (of the years, of the years).

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes and for the kind comments regarding my little poem. Nice change from school stories, eh?! :)

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  17. Great poem and story! Happy Birthday. That really is an awesome story about customer service (which I always say is lacking in this day and age). Thank you for sharing that. It is the very opposite of the "whatever" attitude permeating our society.

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    1. Thank you for noticing! The contrast between "whatever attitudes" and what they did at Jim's for me, was exactly what I was going for. Thanks, as well, for your wonderful comment. Jim's and I appreciate it a lot. :)

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  18. Thank you for your really interesting post - simple gestures make for big happiness - a birthday pizza!
    And Happy (belated) Birthday! 50 - you young thing you!
    Anna :o]

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    1. Thanks, Anna! Couldn't agree more about simple things adding up to big happiness. Thank you for such a nice comment. :)

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  19. Happy Birthday Tom. I enjoyed this piece as I always enjoy your real life adventures. To me, more interesting than a lot of fiction. I try to only patronize local vendors also. 50 is the new 40 btw. :)

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    1. Glad to hear that 50 is the new 40. Even with that logic, I'm still older than my young wife. She's worried about being in her 30s. :) Good to hear from you, Lumdog. All the best in 2014, btw.

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  20. Oh I loved this - your 33 words were delightful! From what I read of you this is the sort of thing you might do for someone else, so I love that the fine folks at Jim's did it for you. Happy belated birthday, Tom!

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    1. Thanks for such kind words, Momo! Things do often work out for me, I myst admit and, I'd like to think that some of the reason is because of being a generous, positive person in my daily life. Not everything is perfect, mind you, it rarely is for anyone but, just the same, as someone else said in the comments above, Karma is my friend at the moment so, I will take the good wishes and smiles while I can. Thanks, again, for stopping by with your great comments. :)

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  21. I think so, too. It was all a very welcome and appreciated gesture.

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  22. This is brilliant and restores one's faith in human kindness. Perfect use of the prompt and what an uplifting tale. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Perfect use of a pizza,I'd say! :) Thanks for the nice compliment and comment.

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  23. I loved this Tom! When I made my resolution to "see the good", this is exactly what I had in mind!! So thank you! And here's wishing you a very happy birthday and an excellent year too:)

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    1. Thanks a bunch for such an enthusiastic comment. Happy to help you keep your 2014 resolution! :)

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