It probably doesn’t surprise anyone who knows me that I struggle with liking my fellow human beings. When I deal with you all on an individual basis, I can usually find something to like about everyone. When I start having to deal with you in aggregate, that’s where my opinion starts to slip. (This is generally the reverse of how people tell me they view me — no good alone, but the larger crowd I have around me the better I look.) This mostly manifests itself when I’m driving, viewing the results of politics (secular or church), or pondering which shows the television networks renew because they’re popular.
Every now and then, though, something happens that makes me proud to be a human. The story of reservist Chris Yanez and his special dinner for his fiance at Canlis is one of those things.
The best part of the story, to me: “He [Mark Canlis, owner of the restaurant] said it’s not the first time in recent months that returning troops have been honored at Canlis.”