On a long detour, I met the coolest cat working as a cashier at a Convenient-But-Costly store. It was the first time I saw him there. Funny, charismatic, and engaging.
“You could make a fortune in sales,” I told him.
“Too many tattoos. But thanks, you think so?” He smiled.
“Without a doubt. Tattoos don’t mean anything. You can’t teach your kind of engagement.” I meant it when I said it and I watched my words hit him a little bit.
He said something I didn’t quite catch, although I thought I did.
I said, “God is the boat. You’re the oar.”
He stopped as he was about to reply.
“That’s a great quote. Is it yours?”
“I don’t know, honestly. It popped out because I misheard your last comment.”
“I’m going to lay that one on my preacher when I see him.” He repeated the phrase back to me. He laughed. “And thanks for the compliment.”
“You’ve got the attitude, now find a way to launch your life. If this is what you love, keep on doing it.”
It was a weirdly deep conversation to have over a counter that usually held cigarettes, energy drinks, and fat-laden goodies.