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Topic: Gossip Mill (05/08/14)
TITLE: A Star was Born
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I frequented a quaint coffee shop after casting calls. A tiny nook cramped in between electric steel buildings, it was painted a muted pink with bronze trim and a wooden sign hanging read: “Miss Kay’s Café”.
It was here where starlet wanabees gathered late afternoon to have a blether about their morning casting news or the California weather. It was the usual group of girls, twenty somethings hoping for their big break. I would get roped into their woes and foes and find myself drowning amongst the shallowest of telltales. Every giggle I gave them just ascertained that I was not a lone laborer in this gossip mill, rather I was grinding right along. I would tilt my head back to lose myself in the aroma of fresh ground coffee. I sighed at the irony behind it all while at my side someone’s dignity was being ground by harsh remarks and riled rumors.
It was Miss Kay’s demeanor that brought me back each time. She wasn’t just the owner, but the only waitress. She seemed to be in her early senior years, though no one dared to ask. Her shoulders slightly hunched but there was an elegance to her height and gait. Her sterling hair was strapped in a bun, and her face slightly tanned and drawn was etched with age spots and wrinkles. It was her eyes and smile that sparkled and cured, luring me out of a lost loneliness.
Miss Kay hardly spoke a word of her own life, but oh, the tales she heard! She never judged or revealed our little secrets, but seemed to have an astute understanding of our escapades. Her grin would accompany a word or two of wisdom and she´d stride off to the next table.
One afternoon when serving my espresso, Miss Kay noticed I was fighting back the tears. I had just received a text from Sam, my old beau.
“Six months have passed, will you marry me now?”
We were worked in the same high school. Sam was the English teacher and I taught theatre. We attended the same church and both were a part of the drama ministry. I told Sam I needed to take a job in LA and wasn´t sure we´d get back together.
How I craved the success of a starring role; but it was in the lonely, slow season my soul thirsted for the unconditional love of God I pushed aside and the loyal companionship of my Sam.
I told Miss Kay my story in all of two minutes. She pulled out a chair and from her side pocket took out a small bible and a photograph of a man.
“I always pray for you girls, and you have always been on my heart. Now I know why.” She continued, “I gave up a life with a good man, who loved me like I had never known love before. I also walked this town before searching for fame, but I lost a good man and then I lost work. I learned that true happiness, fame or not, only comes from obeying and knowing God.”
“How will I know what God wants for me?”
“God will show you, and in your heart, you’ll know.”
I walked out of the café, and a few meters in front of me on the busy boulevard sidewalk, there Sam stood with flowers. Miss Kay and the girls flocked to the window waving and cheering as he bowed to one knee. My heart raced with delight, but doubt dawdled inside wondering whether this was God’s will for my life. Upon looking down at Sam’s bended knee, it rested inside a slate star. I was stunned. It had to be. I read the name of the most beautiful Hollywood starlet I have ever laid eyes on, Kay Samson. I said yes.
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