“Is that a Bible or a machinists’ manual?”
The man with a cast sitting near me at Starbucks pointed to the leather-bound book with ribbons next to my laptop.
“Well, it’s a prayer book and a Bible, so I guess you could say it’s both.”
“What do you mean?”
“It’s a tool of the trade, so to speak. The prayer book is all about how to practice the Christian life.”
And with that the conversation turned to other things: My father-in-law was a tool and die maker. Had we lived here long? What happened to his foot? I had foot surgery myself a few years ago. He was starting physical therapy this week.
Seeds planted. Connections made.
He gathered up his cane, but before he left he made a point of coming over and saying good-bye.
“See you around.”
I hope so.