Not a normal thing.
(I may have issues....I know that too.)
Today Chick-Fil-A opened its' new store.
It was completely smashed in the tornado, you see. Luckily it was a Sunday evening, so nobody was there during the storm.
But...it was smashed none-the-less, and then bulldozed, and then the lot was cleared, and then it was rebuilt from the dirt ground up.
Now don't get me wrong.
I like Chick-Fil-A.
I like it a lot.
My kids (and RH) like it a lot too.
We have spent MUCH time at Chick-Fil-A in the past.
But do I have an emotional attachment to
But....when I walked into the store tonight with Carolyn and Ethan....
and they ran through the huge crowd to the inside play-area....
and I looked around the restaurant....
It was unbelievable.
It was EXACTLY THE SAME.
same play area,
same condiment counter,
same roses outside,
same gi-normous cow walking around,
same faces behind the counter saying, "My pleasure!"
It was like nothing had changed....
nothing had happened.
He smiled in recognition and I asked him how it felt to be back in the new/old/new store.
"You know," he answered, "It feels like we never left....like nothing ever happened."
So....as I asked for 10 packages of the Chick-Fil-A sauce, I admit...I got pretty teary-eyed.
Part of the "old life" had returned.
It was like someone had pressed "Play" on a paused movie-life....and it had just started where it had left off.
Really really really good.
And you know what?
I counted LITERALLY 17 people in red Chick-Fil-A shirts behind the counter....
and that doesn't include all of the cooks in the back
OR the people outside personally taking drive-thru orders
OR the cow
OR the cow's handler.
Chick-Fil-A had COMPLETELY prepared for the huge number of people that were going to come into their restaurant on opening day and try and order some nuggets, waffle fries and a slice of "life as we remember it."
Hooray for Chick-Fil-A.
What an awesome gift.
And hooray for happy tears.
Just adds a little salt to the fries.