Good Morning!! May 22, 1996 was a Thursday..... I was ironing and getting ready for mine & Shelby's anniversary of 4 years, the 23rd of May. I pick up the phone to call my mother-n-law and realize it is 8:20pm....Glenna worked crazy hours like I do now, up at 3:00 am everyday, it was an unwritten rule "Do not call after 8:00, she is sleeping". I quickly hang up the phone, thinking I will call her tomorrow and talk to her, our phone call never happened because she was killed in a car wreck on the way to work, a missed opportunity I have thought of often. Saturday morning at 3:24 am my text goes off on my phone, I immediatly grab it wondering what was going on, the plan for that morning was to meet Cindy at 5:30 to finish pie's for a wedding, I was concerned there was something wrong with her. I bring the little bright screen to my face(totally blind without contacts) and the words take my breath..." Will not be in for a few weeks,having open heart surgery Monday." The message was from one of my precious regulars...we have done life together for a long time, I know his whole family and love them all dearly, I do not respond immediatly, I lay there and pray for his healing, comfort, peace and his precious family. I get up and respond, "what in the world happened yesterday." As I am waiting for his response I think about yesterday (friday) morning. He came in early, like normal, and I shouted and talked to him from my upstairs office, him sitting in his normal booth. I was too busy that morning to go and talk to him and when he was leaving I gave him a high five as he was walking by me, after he passed me, I turned around and thought, "I need to go give him a hug", but I didnt and he left, now as I am waiting for his message back I realized I have allowed another opportunity to pass me by, the last 17 years I have remembered wishing I would have just made the phone call & now I was wishing I just would have turned around and ran and hugged my sweet friend. Happy Beautiful Monday yall....life is so fragile and precious and it can be taken in a moments notice. Are you putting off a conversation you need to have with someone, is there an apology that needs to be made, an" I love you" that needs to be said or a hug that needs to be given? My heavenly Father gave me a precious reminder.....life and love, family and friends are more important than anything I have going on in my life and they are ALL a precious gift. Do not put off till tomorrow because tomorrow may never come and take it from me, whishing you could go back and do things differently, changes you in a way that I can not describe....it chips away at your heart. My prayer's are with my sweet friend and his family and I will not loose the opportunity again to let those in my life know I am not to busy for a hug, a laugh or great conversation.
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.