My Life is a Diesel Love Story
Writing my wedding vows was easier than writing my Diesel Love story. Vows are just for one person. But this, writing about MY DIESEL LOVE STORY, is just so big and so vast and so so so incredibly deep. There is not a place I turn in my life that the four walls of this establishment has not touched.
In college I would travel from the other side of the river to visit Diesel on a regular basis. Diesel is place where I felt comfortable in my own discomfort of my awkward early 20s. After graduating from college my dear friend Casey helped me get a job at Diesel Cafe in 2003. On the second day of training, I was trained by Tucker, one of the owners. It was really in an instant that I just knew she was special. Like the kind of special that is rare in this world —and for anyone that has the privilege of spending even a brief moment with her, you know what I’m talking about. I quickly fell for her and fell hard.
Diesel is a place where friendship and family is made: Fast-forward a couple years later and Diesel was the primary place I wrote my thesis. As someone who struggles with writing (hence the difficulty of this story), the coffee and connection of Diesel was such necessary fuel for creativity and productivity. (The other diesel love stories prove I’m not alone in that feeling!) As the years went by, the diesel family grew; new friends were made, new connections nurtured. Tucker and I got married. And my family grew into our family.
We now have two little ones—we try hard to foster the importance of love, connection, and acceptance. To me, this is the foundation of what Diesel was built on. As a social worker, I work to provide homes to the homeless. Creating a “home” is so much more than just the four walls and a roof. It’s about finding connection and belongingness, which has been a theme in my life and one that Diesel was so essential in helping to form.
Diesel taught me if a person can find this belongingness and connection, then they can grow and bloom into infinite possibilities. Diesel taught me the importance of accepting everyone from all walks of life. Because we all have a common bond. We are all just a step or two away from being “the other.” And to remain alone and isolation is a recipe for disaster and regression for all of us.
I am forever grateful and forever in love with the space that Tucker and Jen created. Not just for myself, but for my kids/our kids, and for the greater community. I am so thankful for my super human wife Tucker and our two little boys—who I just know are certain to pass along the continued love and connection, in whatever form/outlet works for them. I am eager to witness what unfolds and refolds and unfolds again within these four walls over the next 20 years.
From the bottom of my heart thank you for adding this richness and foundation to my life.
Happy 20 Years Diesel!