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Race Weekend

Posted Monday, June 1, 2009, at 1:12 PM

It was Memorial Weekend, the day of the running of the Indianapolis 500.

Three hours after the conclusion of the race my sister and brother-in-law called to see if I might meet with them for supper on their journey back to Evansville. Agreeing upon the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Cloverdale, I drove down to meet them with a fear about the possible crowds of sunburned beer soaked race fans I might find.

Instead, I found a whole different side to Putnam County I'd never seen.

The restaurant was crowded but a booth was still available. A steady line of customers ran from the cash register to the door. Meal after meal was ordered and served. And there behind the counter were some of the hardest working residents of our county I've witnessed in action.

Their work was relentless! Some paced to keep the buffet supplied with fresh food. Some paced to pack orders for meals through the drive-up window. Some paced to keep up with all the orders placed at the counter. Some paced to meet the needs of the customers inside such as ice for the drinks, paper products, and cleaning the tables. I watched as the employees kept each order straight, kept each customer satisfied.

"So this is what the people of Putnam County are like," I heard one woman say. "I'm impressed."

Those KFC workers never rested during the hour I was there. They reminded me of a beehive where all the workers have their assigned tasks. I never saw a KFC worker get angry, I never heard one get sharp with a customer, and I never witnessed one worker bumping into another even though their working space was rather tight. They were pleasant even though tired and they were hospitable even when some exhausted guests got confused with what they were doing. And when another busload of people drove into the parking lot one worker (the manager I imagine) spoke up and said "make sure your smile is back on."

Those twelve or so employees made the rest of us look proud!

Interstate 70 runs through the southern part of the county and there are literally millions of people who only know our county residents by the people they meet at the Cloverdale exit. I don't want to discount the other restaurants in the county nor do I want to discount the other restaurants at the exit. And, I want to encourage you to stop at that KFC and share your appreciation of them and how well they did.

Indeed, maybe we need to be doing more of that throughout our county!

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P.T. Wilson is the senior pastor at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, Greencastle, and is also the University Chaplain at DePauw University.
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