Earlier this year, I wrote about an Sonny, an elderly gentleman who works at our local amusement park.
A couple weeks ago, I stopped at Sonny's lemonade stand like usual. We greeted each other warmly and I asked Sonny what was new with him.
With a beam across his face and a glint in his eye, he told me he was retiring.
His 86 year old brother had fallen ill and his handicapped nephew would now need his help. So he was retiring to take care of the both of them.
I jokingly told him he wasn't retiring, just changing jobs... but that I was glad he could be there for his family.
Customers began filing into line behind me, so I told Sonny congrats again and that we would miss him...
I walked away.
My bestie, Laura, looked at me and said, "You're not done with him, are you?"
I silently shook my head.
"Go" she said. "Go do your thing, so you don't have regrets."
So, I turned back around and got back in line.
Sonny gave me a smile and a questioning look.
"When's your last day again?" "Next Saturday"
"And what time do you work on that day?" "11-6"
"And what's your favorite type of pie?" "Now... you don't have to do that!"
I smiled and told him that I knew I didn't have to, but that I wanted to...
He finally concluded that cherry pie would be nice.
So, cherry pie it was...
except...I had never made cherry pie before...
Others, yes. Cherry, no.
But that didn't stop me.
I had cake deliveries galore...
I had thought that I wasn't sure where I was going to squeeze my pie delivery in...
The boys joined me and at 4:30 we arrived in Sonny's line.
There were lots of people there... and I saw that same mundane action and the deadness in his eyes that I saw the first time I met Sonny.
I told the boys that we would wait until there were less people.
A gentleman walked up and said, "Excuse me. Are you in line?"
I responded, "Kinda... we're here to see the one serving the lemonade..."
"Oh! Must be grandpa." as he smiled.
I smiled back... yep, that is why Sonny touched my heart that first day... because he reminded me of my grandpa.
When the line cleared, the boys and I walked up. Sonny didn't notice at first, his head was down.
He looked up and smiled. "I thought you had forgotten..."
"Sonny, I will never forget you!"
We handed him his pie and we stood and talked until his lines filled up with customers again.
We gave hugs and said our goodbyes... knowing I may never see Sonny again...
... and knowing that I would never quite enjoy frozen lemonade quite the same ever again.
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