At The Coffee Shop ….. A collection of observations from Debbie Broadway. **All rights reserved... No part may be reproduced without permission from Debbie Broadway, signed and in writing.
He is a middle age man who has a large frame, big build, fairly tall and slightly overweight case but not excessive . I suspect there are likely many like him. He is also very loud. You can not know he is on the premises. He is very friendly in the most positive sense. Because he has that friendliness he is at least on the surface a likable man. You would not consider being rude to him. He comes across in a casual down to earth manner.
He is quite open with his life-past and somewhat present. At least that was the case first time or two that I saw him. I suppose the past is his driving force for the current. On this occasion he was talking about the church he had been a long term member at. In the openness and loudness of the conversation which I am not a part of but cannot help but hear due to his volume, he discloses that he volunteers there sparingly utilizing his previous work experience. I have observed this same conversation on several occasions in various ways but the same information.
He has additionally vocalized his loss; his wife is no longer with him in this life. He has made reference to their children but where are they? They are not nearby determined by his open communication with whatever stranger in the coffee shop he has struck up a happenstance chat with for that hour. And it becomes fairly clear he is very alone. This is true at least to some extent as his kids seem to have limited involvement in his life. I do not know if it is logistics or otherwise.
Does he have friends? I cannot say as the times that I have seen him he is always alone. I cannot help but wonder how the people at this church he is giving his service and skills to treat him. Do they spend time with him on any level outside of duties?
But the biggest question is if you see him or someone like him, how you will treat him…at the coffee shop.
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