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Thank you, Kathryn

December 16, 2012 - Per Peterson
I had a double cheeseburger and large fries for lunch Sunday. Why should you care? Well, you shouldn’t, really. No one’s life is that sad and empty that they’ll care about what a newspaper editor eats for lunch. But there’s more to this lunch story than what I ate. For some reason, the card swiper at the restaurant I went to wasn’t accepting my card. I swiped it three times, and the guy behind the counter swiped it three times while telling me they were having problems with the card machine. So did I leave without me chow? I would’ve had to if not for a total stranger, who walked up to the counter, laid a $5 bill down and said, “I got it.” “No,” I said, “that’s OK.” “Nope, I got it,” she responded. Then she looked me in the eyes, smiled and said, “Happy holidays.” The young lady’s name is Kathryn Warnke. She didn’t save my life, or even pull my truck out of the ditch. She just bought me a $2.30 lunch, but there’s more to her action than a simple purchase. I don’t know her; she doesn’t know me; we might not ever see each other again. She just wanted to do something nice for someone. What a concept. I’m a cynical person, even around the holidays. I set the bar for cynicism. With all the bad things that happen at the hands of mean or troubled people these days, sometimes, I don’t even bother looking for the good in people. With Kathryn, I didn’t have to look. She chose to show me her good side. So with that, I say, “Thank you, Katherine.” Don’t think what you did was no big deal. You actually made my day be reminding me there are good people out there who like to do nice things for people, just because. It was the best cheeseburger I’ve ever eaten.


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