Good Morning!! A little over 3 years ago I am standing at the counter and I see one of my regulars pull up..... I watch him slowly walk in and I greet him with a little confusion, "Hey Doc you eating here today?" his look of confusion now matches mine.... "Yes, Teresa I eat here every Tuesday with the guys"... Ummm Doc today is Monday!! He laughs off his mistake, we hug and promise to see each other tomorrow and I insure him his secret is safe with me(showing on wrong day)... this would happen 4 more times but now I would greet him outside.... This man, Doc, as I called him was part of my cherished mens group that has been comng to the CIG for 5 years. He was a retired OBGYN and had the amazing blessing to deliver over 8000 babies during his life. He came into my life at 82 years old and I watched his health decline. He was the sweetest kindest man I have ever met and a sense of humor that would make my belly ache. He stopped driving a few years ago and one of the precious guys would bring him down for bible study and breakfast. His sweet wife would tuck his money in his pocket to make sure he could always pay......it became a game of find the money and many times it left me beet red and him walking away laughing.....he always made my morning!! The last 2 years, finding his table became harder.... so I would grad his arm and we would take a little stroll through the CIG laughing and talking the whole way...... my friend Doc is now taking a stroll through the beautiful streets of gold and my heart breaks.... Happy Beautiful Friday yall.... I did not know the man that delivered all of those babies or that sat on many medical boards, he was at the top professionally and his work made a difference in so many peoples life.... I knew a kind, funny, smart man that shuffled from his car to the grill and had a problem remembering things and he made a difference in my life. My precious friend Doc is being laid to rest today, oh it is not him, he is whole and well living with our heavenly father. On Tuesday I talked and laughed and remembered our friend with the fellas that come in on Tuesday and it hit me...... I want to live a life that when I pass, I am remembered with humor and lots of love. We didn't talk about what his professional life was, we talked about the amazing man that had touched our lives...the difference that had been made because we knew him. I am learning it is not about what we do, it is about who we are and when we try to be the best version of ourselves everyday.....that is when we are making a diffrence. My life will be forever changed, it will be sweeter and better for knowing my friend doc, I loved him with all my heart.... To his precious wife and family I pray "perfect peace" and my gratitude for sharing your special husband and dad with me, he was such a blessing.... over the years I have had the opportunity to meet his special family and he has left his mark on them, his kindness and love will live on through them. I will be working today when my Doc is laid to rest but he will be on my mind....."Doc it is not goodbye, it is I will see you later", I look forward to taking a stroll with him again....I love my job.....but this is the hard part.....loosing those that have taken your heart!.....We only live once...but if we live it right, once is enough!! and Doc lived it right!!
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.