Repost from A Drink with a Stranger
“The Top Five Things Joe Told Me” by Phillip McClusky (May 2006)
I have a fairly consistent Saturday morning routine. It involves coffee and… well, coffee. I drink coffee.
It is not an elaborate routine.
So I was just doing what I would normally do a few Saturdays ago, with one exception: I was talking on the phone to Joe, a man in his early 70s from Powell County, Kentucky.
Joe is affable and avuncular: I could feel the southern charm seeping through the phone as we talked, and I felt at ease right away. Talking to him reminded me of how great this project can be—the small connections it can help me make.
He said so many things that I liked. But five stuck with me. (read more here)