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December 3, 2010 > Letter to the editor: A Warm Place for All

Letter to the editor: A Warm Place for All

On a cold November morning, the day before Thanksgiving in fact, I left a doctor's appointment at Kaiser and felt a bit dizzy. A pang of hunger came over me. Rather than rushing to my next four items on my 'to get done' list, I gave pause and called my wonderful wife to say hello. As usual, my bride had some great advice, stop by McDonalds and have some hotcakes before I went ahead with my pre-Thanksgiving tasks. I took her advice and drove down Fremont Blvd. to eat breakfast.

The line was long but moved quickly. Two employees at the counter were nice and efficient, working fast and keeping the line moving. I noticed to my left there was a fabulous holiday display with Santa and a sleigh, a Christmas train, and even a beautiful Christmas tree with lights and ornaments; moments later it was my turn to order.

As I waited for my breakfast I reflected on just how lucky I was in life, giving thanks that I had the day off even though Thanksgiving wasn't until the next day and that I had a job. At that quiet moment it dawned on me how nice and warm it was in this McDonalds on such a cold November morning.

I noticed a few people that looked like they might be homeless and it gave me a good feeling to know that there were places like this for them to come to on a cold morning, enjoy some inexpensive and tasty food, and even have a nice Christmas display to look at. A thought came to my mind that the Christmas tree at McDonalds could be "their" Christmas tree as well as a Christmas tree for every other person that came in.

I applaud McDonalds for their customer service, tasty food, and especially for having a beautiful Christmas tree in place for all of those who need to see a symbol of peace in a warm place on a cold November morning.

James Francis McGee

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