On the one-way section of Fraser Highway in Langley City, we are all like family: all the shop owners and workers, and all the many regular clientele.
Today I saw a prime example of it.
Everest Café now has a buffet that the owner, Souman, runs on Friday and Saturday nights. It is food from where he has grown up and what he has learned on his travels, all home-cooked and absolutely amazing! Nepalese food. My staff went in to dinner tonight after smelling the amazing aroma all down the one-way.
Upon entering, you are greeted with a big smile and a warm hello from the owner Souman. He is there every day, running the business almost always alone. He set up our table right away, walked us over to the buffet and handed us plates, and described everything. There was wild boar, coconut chicken, soup, and more. As I sat down to eat, I noticed many other locals coming in. Quite a few were in wheelchairs or barely able to walk. Some looked as if they didn't really have anyone.
What then happened touched me so much I actually did start to cry. Souman helped the people find a seat, and if they couldn't stand and do the buffet, he did it for them. He was the only person working, and yet he had the time and patience to make each person feel at home. He called them all by name, a warm hand on the back, refilled drinks, got them more food, constantly asked if anyone needed anything.
What touched me so much was that many of these were people I see every day walk by my shop, and nobody gives them the time of day. But here in this small cafe, these people were made to feel important - made to feel like someone cared. He knew all little details about each person, their likes and dislikes.
It gave me such and overwhelming feeling, I needed to tell someone.
I think that, in this day and age, we need more of this, more of the small town feel - something we don't always get from the big businesses.
I think I needed to share this, because I left there with the feeling that I, too, need to do something to make someone's life a bit easier. No matter how small or how big the effort is, it can change a person - or change many people.
Today, what Souman did affected many people, not just those who needed help, but all of us there.
And to know that this happens each and every day in that cafe gives me such hope!
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