Sitting, enjoying a beverage at one of our fav places… just getting into the patio season mood… the same waitress, over the years, attending to every need… what could be better!
We ask about summertime hours and she used the word “I’m” when explaining her plans to do this, that and the other… as in, I’m the new owner. Whoa… what!
As the evening goes on, intermittently between serving other customers, she tells us about her plans for her new place… Cleopatra’s dream.
“Somewhere over the rainbow blue birds fly… And the dream that you dare to / Why, oh why can’t I?”
– Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel (IZ) Kamakawiwo’ole https://youtu.be/fahr069-fzE
Is there a difference between Sunday morning and Monday morning? There isn’t for Cleopatra. A woman of faith, she believes she wouldn’t be in this position if she simply wanted to line her own pocket. This is about her family, her staff and her customers – to whom she feels a responsibility to do her best.
It’s not something she has to show off – like waving a flag – her faith is private. But, it’s in her genuine smile, the happiness in her eyes, the pride she feels for her kids – all of whom are involve in some way with her bistro – plus a supportive husband. The entire staff also believe in her dream: staying by her side throughout the ownership transition.
So, the uplift you feel walking into this place is like being swept over by a tsunami of love. Lord help anyone who gets in the way of her life’s mission. Her excitement is as contagious as it is real.
“And it don’t take money, don’t take fame / Don’t take no credit card to ride this train”
– The Power of Love by Huey Lewis and the News
Cleopatra’s situation is typical of many small enterprises: bistros, B&Bs, specialty shops and festivals – all of whom couldn’t survive without the support of local residents and visitors. We can find great places close by; or, anywhere our local country roads and highways will take us.
And, many of these businesses support their communities. Cleopatra has always believed in giving back and she and her family plan to continue her investment, as a business, in local causes – like her yearly woman’s sports team participation for cancer survivors and support for her son’s underfunded university baseball team.
“The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you”
– What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
She’s grateful for the opportunity. Her dreams are coming true: from waitress to owner. Hard work? – not so much when doing something you love. So, too, may our dreams all come true… today and every day!