Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows which giant cookie has your name on it. The old man in a baseball cap shuffles in and waits patiently behind the folks in for lunch. “Hi hi, set aside a Peanut Butter,” a woman calls out, and the cap smiles and nods. Another girl behind the counter, hustling to assemble Thai Chicken Wraps and Veggie Paninis has spotted the baseball cap. She breaks through the lines, “Hi Hi Hi! How about that sunshine?” He beams.
After his usual chit chat with the usual employees, he takes his cookie and his coffee and shuffles a well-worn path to his usual seat. A teenager in need of a haircut is sitting there, engrossed in his cell phone, but Hi Hi Hi just waits. The teen peers up, and slides over, “Hey hey,” and the man in the cap smiles and takes his place. He knows everyone, and remains a mystery. Perhaps none of his coffee shop employee pals can remember his name, but they all remember to hi and hey when they see his grateful face.