Read While You Eat

Little Brother on “Dress Like a Cow Day” 2010

My mom just called to tell me a story she heard from my great-uncle when she visited him earlier today.  During World War II, Uncle Leo was in the service (I guess the Army; the family just refers to it as “the service.”)  I knew he’d been stationed in Japan, because he used to sing us songs in Japanese that he’d learned during the war.

“Did you know,” she asked me, “that Leo was stationed in Atlanta during part of the war?  And when he was there, he worked with a man named Truett Cathy.  He even sent Leo one of the books he wrote.”

The name sounded familiar, but I couldn’t think of the titles of any of his books.

Mom told me that Uncle Leo and Mr. Cathy had stayed in occasional touch over the years, through phone calls or letters.  Then she mentioned the reason the name sounded familiar:  he’s the founder of Chick-Fil-A.

We’re big fans of Chick-Fil-A.  Good food, great service, unfailingly polite staff, impeccably clean restaurants, and a business that’s not afraid to close on Sunday–those things impress me.

When I got off the phone, I was telling my husband about how my uncle knew this man.  As soon as I said the name, Little Brother piped up from the other room, “The guy who invented Chick-Fil-A?”

TheDad turned around and stared at Little Brother.  “How did you know that?”

“They have a whole wall about him in Chick-Fil-A,” Little Brother responded.  And apparently he’s read the whole thing.

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