Kid Reporter Scopes Out Cantore's Crossroads Cafe
This week, those of us with young'uns have to get a little creative. Summer camps have ended, and school doesn't start till Wednesday. So how does a writer looking for local stories stay on the beat? He brings his kid reporter along for the ride.
Avery grabs her trusty "Girls Rule" reporter's notebook and multi-color ink pen as I lace up my shoes. Then into the car and off we go to cover our first story: Lunch at Cantore's Crossroads Cafe in WRJ.
Not that I doubt her chops, but on the way there I share a few pointers on nabbing the story. "It's pretty easy. Keep your eyes and ears open. Look around at what's happening, listen to what people say, and write it down."
For a few miles, nothing much happens until, she writes: "DRIVING TO LUNCH. A BUTTERFLY ALMOST FLEW INTO OUR CAR."
Settled into our seats finally at the cafe, pen pressed to her lip as she gazes around, she writes: "THEY HAVE GOOD PAINTINGS."
Indeed, the artwork on the walls is delightful.
What else about the atmosphere?
"IT IS A LITTLE BIT COLD."
She's talking about the temperature in here. And she's right. It's on the chilly side, but just a bit.
Happily, we don't wait long for our food to arrive. And here I feel like saying that sometimes you have to do more than see and hear the story—you have to taste it. But, well, that kind of goes without saying.
"THE CHEESEBURGER IS VERY GOOD. THE CHIPS ARE VERY GOOD!"
Wow, sounds...good! Anything else?
"Daddy," she pauses and stares. "I don't want to write anything now because I'm hungry."
But the final word on our Crossroads Cafe experience is unequivocal:
"THIS PLACE WAS VERY AMAZING."