We started our morning with a “Backstage Tour” of Chick-fil-A, where we heard the story of a man’s dream to start a restaurant, and serve people. We were inspired by the values of this man, Truett Cathey, which continue within the company. He made the decision to be closed on Sundays since 1946 when Truett opened his first restaurant. Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose – a practice continues today.
In 1995, a renegade cow debuted with a paintbrush in mouth, painted the three words “EAT MOR CHIKIN” on a Texas billboard. From that day forward, the burger-eating landscape was forever changed. These cows, acting on self-interest, realize that when people eat chicken, they won’t be eating eat beef!
Jimmy Carter’s Library and Museum houses a life-size replica of the Oval Office, dramatic presentations, and many objects, documents, photographs, videos, and stories about this man who once took care of peanuts and then took care of the United States! The Presidential Library is nestled between two lakes on 30 acres of park land and provides a tranquil setting with a view of the Atlanta skyline.
We stopped at the CDC to learn more about how scientists crack the cases of mystery diseases. The mission is to educate visitors about the value of prevention–based public health. We wandered through a variety of exhibitions related to world health issues such as AIDS, ZICA, STDs, Influenza, Vaccinations, Tobacco, and even the Guinea worm!