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by WaylandCybersmith


You rarely found Wayland Cybersmith in a cafe or restaurant. He generally ate with at home, or with friends.

Abby couldn't help noticng the state of his breakfast. Wayland saw her staring. "Hello, Can I help you?"

"Are you enjoying your breakfast?"

"Why, yes. Thank you. It's the best one I've had today."

"Er, how many have you had?"

"Just this one."

"I would send that back if I were you?"

"Why is that?"

"A lot of it looks burnt. It should be thrown away."

"Nonsense! It's still food."

"So, you don't care about what you eat?"

"Oh, I care. This is my day for bitter things. Black toast, pink grapefruit, strong black coffee."

"You can't enjoy it."

"Yes you can, and I do. Once in a while."

"But why?"

"Too much sweetness, or saltiness, or perfection is boring. I like food with character. The same as I like people. I make friends with everyone. They all have their own character, their own story, and I can learn from every single one."

"But if they did you a properly cooked breakfast, would you eat that?"

"Yes, I would. But all this food has been cooked. Would you throw it away? It may not look good, but it has it's own flavour."

"Of course I would throw it. I would never serve food like that if it were my job."

"And do you do that with people? Do you throw away those that don't meet a standard?"

"Well, no. I don't think I do."

"Do you know George?"

"Which George?"

"The man that collects the supermarket trolleys outside. Who tidies the car park every night."

"I've seen him. I don't know him."

"Do you know his daughter is a ballerina? Or his son is a doctor?"

"No. How did we get on to George?"

"Well, he is one of those people that people ignore. But he has his story like anyone else."

"So it seems."

"Here. Try this piece of burn't toast. It's great with marmalade."

"Hmm. Not bad. A bit crumbly."

"And I have a challenge for you. The next time you see a stranger, someone you would not normally speak to, find out their story. It will make your life richer. And theirs."


© Colin Nelson www.waycyber.com



© WaylandCybersmith 2011


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