Order Up. It’s a 6.

Would you two like another pot of coffee?” the waitress’s smile, soft, slow, spoke in a language it had only heard, not yet learned.

The two old friends looked up at the waitress, a lifetime of learned balance, “yes, please“, both permission and gratitude.

Been meeting here for a long time, haven’t we?”, the friends laughed, not merely at the same time, but in a complimentary rhythm as music being more than sound, is often about silences and pauses.

Lifting her hand and using an index finger as stand-in for a piece of chalk, the woman pretended to do the math on an imaginary chalkboard, “would appear so, although for as many years that have passed between us, no time has passed as this, my friend, is our very own time bubble.”

In earnest, yet failing to restrain the tug upward at either side of his mouth, the man exclaimed loudly (but not too loudly), “all I can tell you then, is they damn well better not close this diner or there’s going to be hell to pay.”

Head bent at a familiar angle, the waitress slipped her cell phone back into her apron pocket as she approached the booth with the bookended couple; setting the coffee pot down on the worn Formica, she reached into her other apron pocket for the small touchpad, looked up expectantly and asked “large order of fries?”.

23 thoughts on “Order Up. It’s a 6.

  1. Frank Hubeny February 10, 2023 / 8:23 am

    I liked your description of the woman doing math on an imaginary chalkboard with her finger. It seems they’ve come there often enough that the waitress knows what they will likely order.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 11, 2023 / 1:23 pm

      I’d like to think most of us have done that, Frank. Haven’t we? lol
      Well, it is what they ordered most often.

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  2. Keith's Ramblings February 10, 2023 / 9:27 am

    Regular customers are the backbone of any business. Some of mine have never forgiven me for selling my bistro!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 11, 2023 / 1:25 pm

      I have no difficulty believing that, Keith. I’d be one of those regular customers!
      I’d have forgiven you…eventually 😁

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  3. Liz H February 10, 2023 / 11:15 am

    A still moment in the middle of chaos: what true friendship offers, at it’s best!
    Totally transported to this shop.

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  4. Spira February 10, 2023 / 1:49 pm

    Simple,intimate, true.
    Nothing is needed to impress, nor enchant here.
    This is a dream and a wish, Denise.
    Of a timeline that was. And a timeline that will be.

    Simple, intimate, true. Like the canvas this Cafè provides for them.
    They used their colors well, their painting still alive; marks at the table, are scars healed.

    Simple. Intimate. True.
    As fries shared. In France or at the corner of Main and East St.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 11, 2023 / 1:58 pm

      Your comment, Nick. Poetry but not.
      Simple. Intimate. True.
      It brings to mind lyrics from a Harry Nilsson song:

      Remember, is a place from long ago
      Remember, filled with everything you know…
      …Remember, close your eyes and you can see
      Remember, think of all that life can be

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  5. D. Avery @shiftnshake February 10, 2023 / 9:58 pm

    You know I love diners. And your descriptions are spot on, loved the smile as a “language it had only heard, not yet learned”. They better not close this diner, there is nothing more disappointing, heartbreaking. Part of the allure of a diner is what you show- same old same old- familiar, comfortable, friendly.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 11, 2023 / 2:15 pm

      I do know. Thank you, D.
      The diner will never close. And now your description is spot on – “familiar, comfortable, friendly”.

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      • D. Avery @shiftnshake February 11, 2023 / 6:54 pm

        You know, a lot of businesses and restaurants did not survive Covid, but i have seen that the old diners did- they had the staff and clientele that had the stamina and goodwill and family-arity to make it work through that hard time.

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  6. messymimi's meanderings February 11, 2023 / 9:24 pm

    An excellent scene. They better not close the diner, although these days it just seems so much of what shouldn’t close is closing anyway.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 12, 2023 / 12:05 am

      Thank you, Mimi.
      No, they better not. How true. Walking through a mall nowadays is like walking through a relic of the past. And the small independent shops struggle more and more as online shopping consumes the consumers. Depressing.

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  7. Nicole Horlings February 13, 2023 / 11:36 pm

    I love meeting friends in diners. There’s something about the atmosphere in them.

    A lovely Six, Denise.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge February 14, 2023 / 5:54 am

      For sure. Totally different vibe to a diner than a restaurant. To me, diners are automatic movie sets 😉
      Thank you, Nicole.

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