He insisted that he wanted to know what was bothering her.
The next morning was sunny but not too warm. He had seen a diner near the motel the night before, so he decided to walk over and get some breakfast. When he entered the diner, he took a seat at the first booth. The waitress saw him and brought a menu.
“Would you like some coffee while you’re looking at the menu?” she asked.
“Yes, thank you,” Donald replied. After giving a quick look at the menu, he asked the waitress, “Do you have any specials?” The waitress pointed to the board above the register. Donald smiled and said, “I’ll take your handyman’s special.” Then he asked the waitress another question. “I just moved to town and am looking for work. Do you have any suggestions?”
“Our local newspaper may have something for you. I’ll get our copy for you to look at.” When the waitress handed him the newspaper, she topped off his coffee and then went to greet a couple that had just entered the diner.
Donald looked at the want ads as he ate his breakfast. He jotted a few job locations and their phone numbers on his napkin. Paying his bill, he returned to the motel to get his car and drove around the local area. He found Valerie’s house. Seeing her in the yard, he decided to park his car farther down the road in a location that could not be seen from Valerie’s home.
He slowly walked back to take a closer look at his birth mom. He managed to stay out of sight and watched Valerie plant flowers near the front porch. He saw that she was pretty and that her hair was long and white. He heard her singing as she worked in the garden. There were several cats in the yard, and they seemed to like being near Valerie.
Donald’s mixed emotions turned to a bitter anger as he felt the pain of not being wanted as a baby. I was just unwanted garbage! he thought as he quickly returned to his car.
At the car, he pulled out the notes he had taken when he was looking at the newspaper want ads. He pulled out the one describing a need for a driver at the Animal Control
Headquarters and decided to apply for this job.
When he got to the Animal Control Headquarters, he filled out an application, sat down and waited for his interview. A short time later, Mike called Donald into his office.
“Please have a seat.” Mike said. “I see by your application that you have lived in New York City. What brings you to Upstate New York?”
Donald replied, “My friends had mentioned a lot of good things about the Adirondacks, so I decided to see this area for myself.”
Mike pondered for a moment, and then decided that if this man had driven around in New York City, then he would be a good driver here. “The job is yours if you want it.” When Donald nodded his head yes, Mike said, “You can start 9:00 a.m. tomorrow” They shook hands and parted.
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