I decided to run to Bowman’s as a rewarding finish line and for a fresh change of scenery. It was nice to opt out on listening to my Ipod and enjoy the miles of peace and quiet that came along the route.
I had mixed emotions as I took what will surely be my last steps across the soon to be replaced Pole Cat Bridge. The bigger and better replacement will be an asset to those who live in this area, but as the oldest bridge in Gordon County, it felt kind of lonely to think of this one passing into memory.
With my mind purged of all worries and my body exhausted I neared the restaurant eager to reward my efforts with my favorite foods. I was famished! I’d given 100 percent and I was taking my reward from the only place I know of that gives 100 percent in return.
The first thing I saw was a new health rating of 91. Red-faced and sweaty I walked into the restaurant like a lion-ess on the prowl. I jabbed a shaky finger at the notice and read that nine points were taken from the total score because of a minor—let me repeat that—minor— alteration in procedure.
The notice stuck out awkwardly against the backdrop of repeated perfect scores. It represented change, unwel-come change.
Not surprisingly, the staff rose above the implications of the new notice and their superb service drew my atten-tion away from it.
They politely turned away as I tore into my meal like an animal. My food was outstanding. I ate the last few crumbs of chocolate cake realizing that my finish line would be worth the trip no matter what the health inspector deems an imperfection.
If the measly 91 has any feelings at all I am sure it will feel how unwelcome it truly is from the “this too shall pass” burn of my stares when I am there. My opinion is that Bowman’s cleanliness and impeccable service exceeds state standards any day of the week.
Change may be a constant but for me – so is Bowman’s.