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The Owner of the Restaurant
by Julie Michaelson
02/23/09
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And you shall
know
that I,
the Lord,
am your
Savior,
and your
Redeemer,
the Mighty
One of Jacob.
[Isaiah 60:16]
************************
"Lord,
REMEMBER that
really, REALLY
good DELI,
I used to go TO?"

[NOD.]
[PATIENT GAZE.]

"That's why I like
TALKIN' to You,
LORD!"
(Sassy smile up at ceiling
vent!)
"I never have to
draw any....
PICTURES!"

[PATIENT FROWN.]
[NOD.]
"I understand,
Mein kinder.
I understand."

(Happy nod!)
"Anyhow......I was thinking
at church, tonight:
that,
that DELI sort of reminds
me of YOU."

[NOD.]
"Go on."

(Smile!)
"Well........."
(Squint.)
"I always thought of
JESUS, as sort of
the SIDE DISH,
of cole slaw...."

[PATIENT NOD.]
[PATIENT GAZE.]
"Go on."

(Squint thoughtfully.)
".....that came with
the main dish.
Ya know: with the
open toasted bagel,
and the lox, and
the cream cheese..."

[NOD.]
"Go on."

"....and, the big piece
of lettuce, and couple
slices of tomato...."

"Are you hungry,
My beloved?"

"Yeah;
but, lemme' FINISH!"

[PATIENT NOD.]
[GENTLE CHUCKLE.]
"Go on."

(Squint.)
"I forget what I was
sayin'."
(Long pause.)
(Get up, and go to
the fridgerator.)
(Frown.)
(Open the freezer.)
(Sort through some
sundry stuff.)
(Mumble.)

[PATIENT SMILE.]

"Oh, yeah.
The coleslaw."
(Open a box, and stick
somethin' in the microwave.)
(Stand next to the sink.)
"Like, I was saying....
that's always,
who I thought,
JESUS was!"

[SOLEMN NOD.]
"The Coleslaw."

"EXACTLY!"
(Point up to the kitchen
ceiling.)
"YEAH!
See what I MEAN?"
(Pull out microwave box.)
(Peer under plastic.)
(Frown.)
(Mutter.)
(Stick box back in.)
"That's IT!
The SIDE dish!
The SIDE DISH!"

"I see."

"YEAH!
EXACTLY!"

[NOD.]

"See what I MEAN?
Ya know: I mean,
the coleslaw's nice,
and all.....it LOOKS
good....."

[PATIENT NOD.]

"And, sort'a ADDS
to the whole PLATE...
but, it's not really,
Ya know, like.... the
main COURSE,
or nothin'!!"

[GAZE AT THE
CONSTELLATION,
IN THE SKY: THE
ONE WITH THE
'BELT'.]
[NOD.]
"Go on."

(Pull out micro box, again.)
(Frown.)
(Shrug.)
(Stick an old spoon in it.)
(Munch.)
"Well......."
(Munch.)
"Then....one day,
I'm told that He..."

"Who,
child?"

"Jesus!"

[NOD.]
"I see.
Go on."

"Well, that He
is not only the
COLESLAW.......
but.....
the Owner of
the RESTAURANT...
Who put the
Bagel, and the
Lettuce, and
the Tomato,
and the Lox,
and the Cream Cheese..."

[SILENCE.]

"....on the
whole PLATE!"
(Philosophical squint.)

[SILENCE.]

(Munch.)

[LOVING GAZE.]

"Hey, LORD?
Did they have
DELI'S,
in Your DAY?"

[TENDER SMILE.]
"Of a sort,
My precious one.
Of a sort."
********************
In the beginning
was the Word,
and
the Word
was with
God,
and
the Word
was God.
[John 1:1]


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