What Odd Thomas Taught Me

One of my favorite authors, Dean Koontz, has several books about a character named Odd Thomas. Though blessed (or cursed) with a supernatural gift, his favorite thing to do is provide people exceptional pancakes at his fry cook job. When he considers taking other jobs, they’re always simple service jobs to provide people with something they need and send them happily on their way.

I’ve come to adore my job at the deli and coffeehouse. I love bringing people a mocha latte piled with whipped cream–their faces always light up, and it’s not uncommon for people (mostly females) to smile and clap when they see it coming. People love our food. They love our cozy building. They love discovering this unique “hole in the wall” and eating all the things you just can’t get anywhere else, because we make it ourselves. They love talking with us and they love that by their second or third visit, we know their names (or at least their faces). Main Street Deli & Coffeehouse makes people genuinely happy, and what better job can there be, really?

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