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Friday, June 5, 2009


    This may be my shortest blog entry ever but it is also one of the most important.  I was working at Java Cafe, my Dyersburg location, last week and I witnessed something that moved me.
     Last Wednesday night, after blending a Dirty Snowman, I looked out our front window and saw an older man holding a young teenage girl, and she was sobbing.   For the next thirty minutes she leaned into him, apparently with her world falling apart.  Something in me said take her a scoop of ice cream but just as I got ready to do just that the drive thru window started ringing.  
     While I was steaming milk for a creme brulee I  watched her out of the corner of my eye, my heart feeling her pain.  I tried to even hurry my drive thru customer off just so I could rush to her aid with a scoop of birthday cake ice cream.  I was too late.  She left.
      I spent several years of my life helping this age group of people.  I just thought it fitting to remind everyone that their world is often small and fragile.  Many of them are moving through the difficult stage of life under capitalized (missing parent) and overwhelmed (bigger issues than good grades at home).   They are often held hostage by the pressures of fitting in and keeping up.    What little bits and pieces of romance and friendship they forge become vital, intricate parts of their hope .  To us they are silly infatuations, to them they are signs of God. They are at a tender stage of life when love is hard to define but desperately sought after, a stage where love comes and goes in weeks and days.  It is a time of life when the kind words of wisdom are incredibly nourishing and the presence of a caring soul is powerful.  It is a beautiful time, a dangerous time, and a critical time of passage.   
      Please take some time to look around you and see who is crying in your window, and step into the moment with understanding.   We can make a difference.  Someone did it for me, and hopefully someone did it for you.  Thank you for helping.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Timm for that reminder! I have 3 daughters ranging in age from 19-22. The oldest has graduated college, will start at Duke Divinity School in the Fall. A 21 yr old nephew lives with us, so we have his girl friends here too. There is almost always some drama around here, so I tend to forget what you are just reminding me of.

June 6, 2009 at 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Ellen Kimbro said...

This is an awesome post. I was one of those teenagers who was dying inside and felt I had no one to turn to. I wasn't in a good church where I could be influenced by others in the way I needed, so I drifted in life and made huge mistakes that affected me deeply. I love what you've said about how it is a beautiful time and a dangerous time. So much of what I carried over into adulthood -- the views I had and the dangerous lifestyle I led -- developed in those fragile teen years when I was so unsure of myself and so miserable with life. Then I found Jesus, and He changed everything. How I've wished many times that I came to know the Lord long before I did, that someone would have pulled me aside and shared the love of God with me so that I would have avoided all the mistakes I made as a teen and young college student.

August 6, 2009 at 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Timm johnson said...

I love your transparency and can tell you have a wonderful heart. While a difficult voyage can be sad and destructive, I have always believed a rough frame makes a masterpiece so much more beautiful. Hang Mona Lisa in some rough oak and watch what happens.


August 6, 2009 at 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Ellen Kimbro said...

Thanks Mr. Jonson.

August 12, 2009 at 11:50 PM  

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