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Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)
TITLE: The Encounter at the Counter
By Coleene VanTilburg
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The neon light switched on just as I stopped at the only signal in this small town. “Beef Dips and the Best Lemon Meringue pie for miles,” the sign read. My mouth was already watering. Pulling into the side parking lot, I hoped I could get a room close by as well. After freshening up, I sat down at the counter and made my acquaintance with the waitress.
Sally re-poured my soda and like any small town, she was anxious to know my story before I scraped the last bite of lemon pie onto my fork. I obliged her but shared only the positive and exaggerated parts. She looked at me with an uncomfortable, lingering stare.
“My daughter would be just about your age,” Sally shared.
That comment only invited me to ask, “What happened to your daughter?”
“I was young, only fourteen…my parents insisted I give the baby up for adoption. Later, I learned that know one ever officially adopted her. She ended up in the foster system and I have not been able to get her records unsealed, “Sally reported.
My stomach did a loop-d-loop, but it wasn’t the lemon pie. What I knew about myself was that my mother was very young. I was supposed to be adopted, but after six months, these people ended up returning me like I was something that didn’t quiet fit. The only other thing I knew was the place and date of my birth.
“Where was your daughter born? What day?” I really wasn’t sure why I asked this question.
“St. Louis, Missouri on May 25, 1990,” Sally responded.
I picked up my soda and took a long drink, laughing inside at this hysterical coincidence of this timely stop. I suddenly noticed the name of the café and the additional print on the sign that had brought me in: “Welcome to Blue Moon, Missouri and to the Blue Moon Café. Only once in a Blue Moon, will you find what will truly satisfy your hunger.”
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