Good Morning!! .... I met a guy not to long ago, he was working at a part time job for the summer, his real job.....he is a teacher that works with problem students.....he is there last chance. As he told of his job he expressed to me how much he loved it, "he was making a difference." I asked a lot of questions and he was very open and honest with his answeres. He was one of these kids, even though he had both parents in the house they were both working so much to support his family that they were never home, he had no guidance and proceeded to get into a lot of trouble, he ended up in a classroom just like the one he teaches in now. I asked if this was his plan to teach these troubled kids and his answer was "yes" all during college he knew this is where he would be. We talked for what seemed to be for a while, I couldn't imagine the things he faced everyday with these kids.......he left me with this thought and it has stayed with me. "The most gratifying part of my job is when these kids come back to see me and they have a graduation invitation to give me or they tell me, you made a difference in my life & I have changed because you cared." Happy Monday & Happy 1st day of school....so many of us start a new journey today.....mine is with a heavy heart, my B will never have another 1st day of high school and I am trying to embrace this amazing exciting time in his life. My prayers are with all of the adminstrators and teachers, many who are my friends and regulars....that their heart is one of service and to make a difference in a childs life. Lord I pray safety for each child that enters the schools today and that the journey ahead for the next 9 months is full of joy, excitement and life lessons.........l think of this teacher often, that so candidly shared his life with me......he set out years ago to make a difference and everyday he embraces that possiblity !!
I opened the Cast Iron Grill in October 2007. Lots of changes have happened in the last 5 1/2 years. The CIG started with 55 seats in an office building located at 18th and K. After five years, we were bursting at the seams with now 167 seats, and 24 wonderful co-workers working on top of eachother to make it happen. 2012 the Lord chose a different journey for the CIG. We relocated the CIG and opened our doors on January 2nd, 2013, just four blocks away from the old location! It has changed my world completely! All of these stories are the happenings of the people and the joy and celebration that make the CIG what it is.