I’m in a Starbucks right now. I came with my brother-in-law, Ben. He likes to work at Starbucks. It helps him focus. But it’s not just any Starbucks: it’s new—and it’s in what used to be the Chambers Prairie Grange. At one point in time, many years ago, when it was still the grange, my family and I attended a Bible study here. Sometimes I would pass this building and wonder how long before it would be torn down. Now, thanks to Starbucks, it’s stuck here on this corner and I’m happy about that! Also, I like that Starbucks didn’t do much to the building. The floor, walls, ceiling, windows—they’re original. They have that old look. Besides, the “blonde flat white” I’m sipping on is not that bad.
It's funny to be back in this place after all these years.
The following is a letter I wrote a year ago today (10/19/17) to my wife, then my fiancée: