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From the September 2011 magazine.

September 2011: Dear Grapevine

She looked at it and said in a snotty tone, "I suppose you do photo restoration, too."

God's footsteps

I drove to an office supply store recently. Now I had passed a few before I decided to go into this one. You'll see later why I write it this way. Anyway, it was my decision. I placed an order and paid while I overheard a lady who was clearly unhappy. The clerk told her that they did not do this type of work. "Well, I drove here from Slave Lake because they told me you did," she proclaimed. "I'm sorry," said the clerk, "we've never restored photos here. We can only copy them for you." "Who does?" the woman persisted. The clerk said that some photographers do photo restoration. "WELL," she snorted, "where am I going to find a photographer at 7:00 pm in a strange city?" I tapped her on the shoulder and said, "Excuse me, but I do some photography." "No you don't," she blurted out. "You're just jerking my chain to have a laugh." "No really, I do. Here's my card." She looked at it and said in a snotty tone, "I suppose you do photo restoration, too." "As a matter of fact I do," I said. The clerk loaded up my website, and I showed her my work. "I repaired these pics. Do you think I can help you?" "Well," she sighed. "This is an embarrassment for me. It would truly be a miracle if you were also a member of a twelve-step group." She near fainted when I told her I was on my way to an AA meeting. Just one of God's footsteps.

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