A porcupine personality, or…?


By Charles Towne

I am embarrassed!

Unlike the majority of you dear folks, I have to work at being nice. I mean, there are times that I am an old grump, and I mean a really OOOLD grump! And there are those times that I could be voted in as the original rock troll. And curmudgeon? I give new meaning to the word, curmudgeon.

At my age, I should know better, and I do, and the good news is that Papa God is working His will in my life, and I might add that He is doing this with my permission.

Today I took my sweet wife to a restaurant for a light lunch. They got our order messed up, charged us too much, and I thought that the guy at the counter charged us too much, and I. being the nice sweet guy that I am, told him so. He paid me back in like coin, and there we were, like two feisty dogs, barking at each other.

Well, darn it, the young buck was out of line, wasn’t he? I took our order and went to our table vowing I would never darken their doorstep with my shadow again! I don’t suppose they would miss me all that much.

A few minutes later the young man, the same one that was so out of line came to our table carrying a tray with double our order, and not only that but he apologized!

I can’t stand it when people are nice to me when I am angry! Then, to add insult to injury, he said, “God bless you, sir.”

Well, to make a long story short, we ended up praying together, and a while later one of the waitresses came to our table and said, “Sir, will you please pray for my friend John. He was in an accident last night and is in critical condition.”

Well, needless to say, I think Papa God used the old rock troll, but more than that He used two young people to instruct a grumpy old duffer in what Christianity is really all about.


Live simply,
Love generously,
Trust God, and make a difference, today.

Charles Towne is a longtime Apopka resident, member of Insp!re Church and a published author.


  1. Oh EJ, He is the best friend I have ever had, and because He He is I am.able to be forgiven, loved, even cherished. Blessings on you and yours, Chaz

  2. Dear friend, I like the idea that Papa God is there, just yearning for us to come to Him so that he can put His arms around us, hold us, and love us with a boundless love. Chaz

  3. Interesting story to share. Admitting you are difficult to like. Has that moment changed you for good? In serving the public, more often then I care to admit, I am challenged when I face people who are ‘difficult, angry or a bully’ … showing kindness doesn’t always evoke the feedback I expect … still I persevere by not surrending to the ‘Curmudgeon’ (as you admitted in your story, did describe you) .. Faith, life experience & wisdom, I continue to rely on, in my capacity as a public servant. I can to walk away from ‘difficult’ people to like’ because of the power of compassion to do so. Thank you for sharing your story.

  4. Yes Diane, yes, may it please God that though I haven’t arrived yet I am on the path to becoming the man He wants me to be. May God bless you in all of your endeavors is my prayer.


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