Farmington, New Mexico– Jim Troutman of Farmington Family Church noticed a napkin with intricate drawings on it. Hidden underneath a pile of paper plates as he lifted the heavy trash-can to dump it out into the large bin outside, Jim stooped down, grabbed the napkin, and began trying to decipher what appeared to be a map. “It was a map alright. I was a little bit in shock and out of breath from expelling the huge used-food-and-plates bucket into the big, metal, trash monster out in the cold. As I looked closer, I could see ‘ol Wilson’s signature at the bottom. He’s one of our oldest and most faithful congregants.” Troutman recalled the time Wilson used to chide him publicly for listening to Petra: “Petra was my favorite Christian rock band. They were the best. But Wilson was an old human-being and couldn’t understand why I would listen to voices that reached the volume of a faint yell and the beating of so many strange cooking pots in the background [drums].”
That day, after the potluck, Troutman followed ‘ol man Wilson’s map, and it led to his favorite Petra album underneath some dirty socks in the broom closet. The friendship was restored, though this would be Wilson’s last act as an alive person.
“It was a cassette tape. I don’t own a walkman, and my 3 year-old granddaughter ripped out the tape, so…”