Peas of gold in pods of silver
March 14 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Peas of gold in pods of silver | Friday, March 15, 2002

Friday, March 15, 2002

Peas of gold in pods of silver

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

When I have occasion to be in a certain part of town in near proximity to lunchtime, I often snag a sandwich from a place called Snoopy's.

Snoopy's is famous in these parts for its hot dogs, which are right on par with hamburgers from Melvin's in Elizabethtown, barbecue sandwiches from Short Sugar's in Reidsville, fried oyster po'boys from Sandy's in Southport, and slices of hoop cheese from the Mast Store in Vilas.

But I don't go to Snoopy's for the hot dogs.

I usually order a turkey sandwich - but I don't go for the turkey, either.

I go because of the lady who takes my order on the phone and waits on me at the call-in window when I get there.

She's a middle-aged woman of African-American descent who oozes good cheer, and she calls me "Sweet Pea."

Now, I don't presume that she waits to recognize my voice on the phone before she says "anything else, Sweet Pea?" or "You on your way, Boo?"

She is an equal-opportunity sweet-talker, and she doesn't single me out for special attention, but her natural warmth makes me feel special.

After wading through my e-mail inbox some mornings, after reading some of the other names I occasionally get called, "Sweet Pea" sounds like water falling in a dry land.

The Psalmist said, "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver" (Ps. 25:11).

And I can get peas of gold in pods of silver for the price of a turkey sandwich.

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