Thursday, May 12, 2016

A New Hero Every Day

by Homer Pickens from The Calamity Cafe by Gayle Leeson*

*Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent/Amanda Lee

Hi. My name's Homer, and I'm fairly set in my ways. Okay, I'm extremely set in my ways. I arrive at the Down South Cafe every morning at ten o'clock for a sausage biscuit. And every day, I'm inspired by a new hero.

Let me give you a bit of background about myself so you'll better understand my eccentric habit. My father left my mother soon after I was born. She wanted me to believe I was special, so she told me that he was a famous major league baseball player and that's why they'd named me Homer. But, of course, that wasn't true. Mother finally told me that my father was a bum who'd left us high and dry. But she also told me I didn't need that man to inspire me or to provide me with a role model. She said there was inspiration all around me, great minds to learn from.

So first thing every morning, I choose my hero for the day. On the day Amy Flowers turned in her resignation to Lou Lou Holman of Lou's Joint--that was before Amy bought and renovated the cafe and gave it a more pleasant name--my hero was Shel Silverstein. The next day I chose Winston Churchill. One of my favorite Churchill quotes is, "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

The day after Amy resigned, I arrived at the cafe to find police tape over the door. I drove to Amy's house, and she made my sausage biscuit for me. I was so relieved. I'm truly a slave to my routine. If it gets disrupted, nothing goes right. I might as well go to bed and start fresh the next day.

Amy asks me every morning who my hero is for the day. I like to think that maybe my hero inspires her too. So, who or what inspires you?

The Calamity Cafe paperback is currently priced at $5.92 at Amazon, less than $2.00 off the retail sales price. I don't know how long this deal will last, so pre-order and lock in your price today! The book releases on June 7. :)

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