My dad was driving us through Punchbowl home from a friend’s house and we passed the Lebanese bakery we always pass
and we watched the conveyor belt of bread like always
so for the first time, my dad caves into curiousity
and stops the car and goes into the bakery
which is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
And then when he gets to the counter
a boy pops up and they start talking
and my dad asks for one of the bread things
because they look like massive round bread rolls that could ‘feed us for a week’.
Which is exaggerating, because they’re just a little bigger than a dinner plate. But still.
So the boy reaches up, and grabs one from the conveyor belt for my dad, and places it in front of him
and my dad is all puzzled because
the bread is actually the flat Lebanese bread
and he was expecting a massive bread roll and can’t get over the fact that’s it’s flat and not-massive.
I bet the boy thought my dad hadn’t eaten for days and was a beggar or something, asking for one.
So he gave it to my dad free of charge, and my dad bought a bag of 7 for a dollar
hot from the oven.
It smelt like perfectly browned toast in my lap on the way home.
Here is the bakery’s address:
779 Punchbowl Rd
Punchbowl NSW 2196
Their conveyor belt is so cool.