Throughout the month of November, I want to take time to share about people or things I am grateful for over the past year. Previous entries: Jeremy BoumanPublic LibrariesFuel SaverEric CarpenterWellCare/MedicaidThat One Jimmy’s Egg MealBeth Katz & Lonnie MichaelMark RoberRunningJK RowlingFire Pits, CCC Friends.

KLINT: Hey, are you at your office?
ME: Yeah?
KLINT: You going to be there for awhile?
ME: Yeah, come on by.

When I started this Sabbath, I knew I wanted to take time to read, write, and process things going in my life. While it would be nice to do that at home all the time, it can be hard with four boys who are doing school. Sometimes, my presence can be more of a distraction with their studies. So, I wanted to find a place where I could go and process during this Sabbath. 

There are nearby coffeehouses, but over time I stopped going. I was trying to save money by making my own coffee at home instead of buying coffee. (When you drink black coffee, this is easy to do.)

At some point, I started going to Westroads’ Flagship Commons to work, write, and read. It was relatively close, not busy, there was wifi available, and good seating. I’d bring in my coffee from home, and settle into a seat near the fireplace. 

Soon, I’d walk a few laps with other early morning mall walkers before sitting down to work. After working, I’d walk a few more laps before heading out. (God only knows how many miles I have walked there the past year.)

Because of Westroads’ location, I’d often cross paths with a number of people I know. It was fun to have these random conversations and impromptu coffees and lunches with old friends and acquaintances. Some people started expecting to see me there, and would purpose to cross paths with me. It was fun. The past week I’ve met up with three different friends there. 

Growing up in Omaha, I am somewhat surprised Westroads is the shopping mall that is still going strong in the area. I am grateful for that this past year. 


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