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Etymology: American Spanish cafetería
coffeehouse, from cafetera coffee maker, from French
cafetière, from café
Definition: A restaurant in which the customers
serve themselves or are served at a counter and take
the food to tables to eat.
So says the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Highland Springs Springers know better.
The Cafeteria at Highland Springs High School is
not one of those weird, newfangled multipurpose Cafetoriums,
where you might have your lunch one hour and have
an Assembly the next. No, this place is made of stainless
steel, ceramic tile, and had tables and chairs that
are in the same place every day.
The ladies that prepare the food there are good at
what they do, very good. Try putting together a couple
thousand meals each day, working in that hot, steamy
environment, and then genuinely smiling at the kids
in the checkout line. These folks were really a part
of our extended family, but most of us probably didn't
feel that way.
We were more concerned with what was on the menu.
Was it Pizza Day? Spaghetti? The dreaded Mystery Meat?
Were they all out of Sealtest Ice Cream?
One thing we all agreed on: The fresh hot rolls were
great. They had the perfect combination of yeast and
airiness, and butter melted on them just right. Yum.