December 5, 2019-
The Shepherd mix, with tan spots on a white coat, sauntered into the room where I was preparing for my biweekly chiropractic appointment. He’s done this, the past few times I have been there, settling down in front of me, for a few minutes of petting and scratching. He’s a rescue dog, so I don’t roughhouse with him, the way I did with my Rottweilers, back in the ’90’s. It’s all very gentle and reassuring. His labour, as it were, is to let those he trusts know that all is well with the world.
His master, the chiropractor, came in and did a quick, but thorough, adjustment, remarked on the nicety of my newly-purchased pair of Puma Soft Foams and dashed off to his next patient. His quick and efficient session never gives the impression of being slip-shod. Chiropractic, from a strong pair of hands, takes little time.
One of the late Bill Tracey’s namesake restaurants had a fund-raising event, this evening. I went over, and found it was a packed house, despite the persistent rain. Due to the dearth of restaurant parking spaces and the vigilance of the landlord, in the adjoining office building (NO restaurant parking, even when the office tenants are not present), I parked across the street, in the lot of an empty building. A two-seater table, which I often use, when dining there alone, was available. I was pleasantly greeted by server “#88” (Bill never liked to name his servers, especially the young ladies, on a receipt. The family continues this practice.), and enjoyed the fare of the evening, knowing that a fair portion of the proceeds was going to a good cause. With no dining companion, I observe how the workers are going about their efforts, as well as the camaraderie of surrounding parties. Bill’s Grill is a cozy place, and comfortable, despite the enclosed porch structure of the main dining area. “# 88”, as it happens is a cheerful, endearing young woman, with loving greetings and attention to every one of her guests. I could see, though, that the heavy workload was starting to wear on her, just a bit. I had no need of dessert and was just as glad when she brought the bill, without the customary offer. This woman, and the entire, all-female team, were working with intense, caring efficiency. I tipped highly.
These are examples of love at work, the result of which keeps the world on an even keel, despite all that we see going on to the contrary. Outside of the world of remunerated labour, there is what we do for one another, just because it’s right. In a devotional meeting at a nearby college, after dinner, I consulted the two other participants, regarding a task that has landed on my lap, and which I sometimes find onerous. They expressed the opinion that careful examination of the actual elements of the task would lend it less burdensome. So it was, when I found the actual evening’s “workload” was a large amount, but one which could be skimmed, rather than considered line by line, I was able to remark on the most salient points being expressed.
Approaching any task with love makes its completion much easier.