Good Morning!! When Friday gets here, everyone at the CIG is exhausted. We have pushed ourselves to our very limit for 5 days...... we tend to get a little short with each other. When the clock moves to 2:00, we turn off the sign, shut the door and proceed to shut this popcicle stand down. On Friday, I schedule no meetings in order to get out of here quickly my brain by this point is on overload. I shut down around here the old fashioned way....no computers everything done by hand and on a good day it takes an hour. One of my girls comes to me and ask if she can leave early to go to her kids pep rally "Yes" was my reply but now I am really on a time crunch to get her out of here. The clock is telling me its 2:15 and I havent started shutting down ...... As I am making my way down the hallway, one of the girls comes to me and says "The couple on 9 really wants to talk to you", "Do you know what they want?" was my instant reply( I know shame on me) she said that she had asked, but only wanted to talk to me. I proceed to make my way to this table and honestly not with a great heart. This guest of mine proceeds to tell me how much she appreciates my "stories"..... her journey over the last few years tough and she points to the man across from her, I glance at him.....he is wearing dark glasses and is not looking at me or engaging in the conversation. I have been holding her hand as she has been talking to me, I let go, and put my hand towards his and there was no reponse. This precious lady on her tough journey mumbles his name and says..."She is holding out her hand to you" My heart sunk.... he could not see me or my hand. Tears begin to roll down my face as she tells of his journey, surgeries over the last 4 years and minimal eyesight today. Happy Beautiful Tuesday yall.... I am the first to say, I get so caught up in my world that I do not want to take the time to stop and ask "How are you doing?" I walked passed this couple twice....I smiled and asked how their meal was but that was it. The Lord had a different agenda for my afternoon, to listen to them because their journey was going to make a difference in me. Take the time yall, to stop and listen, the other person may really need to share something that is going to make a difference in you. May your eyes, ears and hearts be open to those around you....sometimes we feel like we have no time and our precious heavenly father is showing we "always" have time for others!!
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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.