Sooo, how long have you been in this business? I ask, feeling a bit strange, fearing if I don’t keep him occupied, he might change his mind and go away.
Awhile…it’s been our family business from the beginning...
Oh, you are the owner, then? I raise my eyebrow, quite impressed.
The owner’s son.
Yep… same difference. I would love to introduce you to my dad some time. He is pretty awesome.
Hearing him talk about his dad in such a way makes me realize I miss my dad. I swallow hard.
I miss my dad. I say, tearing up. You know, I am not from here. When I left home, I left everything and everyone behind.
I know… I am not from here either. We stand silent for a while. I feel the breeze cooling my face. Sensing the ground shifting under my feet, I change the subject again,
You guys must be doing pretty well to be able to afford this kind of special. Do you run it often?
All the time. We enjoy giving gifts.
Wow! People must be all over you…
Actually, you would be surprised. Most people seem to prefer earning their way… paying their dues...
It IS weird being on the receiving end of such an extravagant gift… Part of me feels that now I am indebted to you… and nobody likes to be a debtor.
A simple thank-you would suffice.
Thank you. He smiles.
You are welcome. Our pleasure.