• Robert J. LaCosta

Insulting The Pride of an Owner: Part I

I was excited about the reservation I had just made that had the promise of the best pizza in the city and a snuggly courtyard that offered a bring-your-own vibe.

When I arrived, I was greeted by a wet t-shirt crinkled up in the street and litter strewn on overgrown strips of lawn wedged between the sidewalk and the street next to the restaurant.

I was perplexed because it was billed as “Little Italy” and I’ve lived in sections like that where everything from the lawns and tomato-and-basil-filled gardens were as meticulous as their Lincolns parked outside their stoop.

I wandered into his Italian deli attached to the restaurant and he answered questions about his ravioli from Brooklyn and homemade gelato.

There seemed to be a disconnect. The inside was what I expected: Italian delicacies and its accompanying pride. But the outside?

I leaned over the counter and asked the owner, “What’s with all the crap on the streets?”

In an instant, I was transported into his world. He was infuriated by my question. “All cities are like this. Name one that isn’t. You’re dissing my city.” 

It spilled out of him as a counterpunch and I was knocked out. I apologized, told him I didn’t mean to insult him personally.

As I awakened from the 10-count of his uppercut, I examined my dazed conscience and I was mortified that I had even asked the question

It was a tale of two cities: the small-town guy meeting up with a south-end city man.

I profusely apologized to God on my way home and thought about the country’s racial unrest.

It was clear that this was no fictional “tale.”

To be continued


PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Hearts are exposed through words.


An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars...Do not judge, or you too will be judged. Proverbs 18:19 NLT, Matthew 7:1 NIV

0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Insulting the Pride of an Owner: Part II

What on earth could have made me ask the proud owner behind his deli counter about the messy state of the street and sidewalk outside his bu

CONTACT ROBERT LACOSTA...

Join Our Mailing List

Contact Information

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
​© 2020 Robert J. Lacosta - All Rights Reserved.