LETTER: Showing gratitude in the new year

Reader shows thanks to residents and customers in Ponoka and area.

Dear Editor;

I’m not sure what compelled me to write a little something, but for some reason I just had to.

On a rare day off, I go on down to our own little coffee shop, The Coffee Hut, for morning coffee and a little quiet time. Today was one of those days off.

I was glancing around the shop and found myself reminiscing, as many of us do this time of year.

In the light of Christmas, I realize we don’t have much, but we are rich in life and love. I can’t help but release a breath of air and breathe a sigh of relief.

The past few have been really hard on us, so many health issues, and just like everyone else financial stress.

But I look around The Coffee Hut and see the many faces I recognize over the past 20 years and I smile.

Not because I find it funny, but I’ve seen their stories, seen them struggle, then see them bounce back and they still enjoy their lives.

To be honest, I don’t remember all of their names and they don’t remember mine, but for many years, I see their eye wrinkles edged deeply in their face. For many years, I’ve been their waitress from Riverside Coffee Shop to the Crossroads to Tim Hortons, I’m the one that greets you and asks, ‘How can I help you today?’

As I sit here, as a patron not a hostess, I’d like to say:

Thank you for being in my life these past 20 years; Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays. I hope the new year brings you happiness and success to you all in 2017.

Yours in kindness, your friendly neighbourhood waitress,

Starla Paquette