Since you've been on my heart (and in my tummy) lately, I thought I'd jot down a few words just for you today.
You're right. You didn't invent the chicken. But, you certainly perfected the chicken sandwich. No contest. Best out there. Whatever you do, don't lose the recipe.
Your regular waffle fries are very tasty. But...I have a small confession to make. I am still mourning the loss of your even tastier sweet potato fries. Maybe, just maybe, you'll consider bringing them back in the future, especially for us Southerners who can't seem to get enough of those orange taters.
The cow calendar you put out each year totally rocks. The detachable coupons at the bottom of each month are wonderful. And what's even more wonderful is that expiration dates really don't exist in your world. Some of us just naturally run late. In all things. In all times. Especially in redeeming our coupons.
How sweet is the option of exchanging the toy or book in the kids' meal for ice cream! Options are great and even necessary to have in life. Thank you for giving them to us and our kiddos.
Your character days are a blast. No other fast-food restaurant I know welcomes its customers in costume and even rewards them with free food. Brilliant marketing, people. Just brilliant.
Love the fact that humble service is key in your company. You teach, train and model that people are always more important than things. We see it. We appreciate it.
Keeping my fingers crossed you'll have a couple of openings in 8-10 years. You see, I have two adorable girls who have their hearts set on working for your company when they join the ranks of the employed. Keep up the good work, because their little eyes are taking it all in right now, even from the slide in the indoor play area.
Last, it seems you've hit a bit of scrutiny lately. Seems some people were poised and ready to pounce on you. And now they have. Just because you expressed a belief, an opinion. Last time I checked it was okay to do that in the land of the red, white and blue. Just keep being you, Chick-fil-A. Just keep doing what you do. It's good stuff. All of it.
So, I leave you with these words. The words of Jesus. You know Him. I know you do.
For without Him, you wouldn't have your deliciously famous chicken sandwich, Him being the inventor of the first chicken and all.
Anyway. As I was saying,
"Count yourself blessed every time someone cuts you down or throws you out, every time someone smears or blackens your name to discredit me.
What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and that that person is uncomfortable.
You can be glad when that happens—skip like a lamb, if you like!—for even though they don't like it, I do
. . . and all heaven applauds.
And know that you are in good company;
my preachers and witnesses have always been treated like this."
Luke 6:22-23 (The Message)
Thank you, Chick-fil-A, for many things. So many more than I've even touched in this brief, unofficial letter here.
You purposefully end each of our conversations with, "My pleasure".
The reality is that in being your frequent patron, the pleasure is all mine.