Brooklyn, NY – It was May 8, 2010. They gathered in a restaurant just a couple of hours after the piercing evening wind defeated the sunny Saturday afternoon. The crowd was overflowing and the cheers were thunderous. The coronation was eagerly anticipated. As the leader from Kings County approached the podium, a hush fell over the crowd and scores of cell phones and cameras were whipped out to record the historic event for perpetuity.
The humble leader removed his royal crown and sat upon the throne. Those assembled waited for the royal gesture, then took their seats as well. A beautiful waiter took the king’s order. She took careful note for the cook to prepare the king’s hamburger until it was well done. (Why eat something that is only poorly done?)
The mixed multitude placed their orders when they were asked. When the last demand was made, they sat back and conversed easily with one another. The atmosphere was so relaxed that they were able to speak as if he were just a friend.
Eventually the waiter returned. She was laden with delicacies from around the world. She presented the king’s burger, encased in lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, fried potatoes, and a soft bun. The crowd roared with delight as the king took his first bite and smiled his approval.
The rejoicing and celebration went deep into the night.
Until this very day, there are still some who speaking with hushed, reverential tones about the wonders and splendors of that night.
Thanks to all who came and helped make it a wonderful night!