Day 5: To the waitress…

To the waitress…
Even as you ask for my drink order, I can tell you love your job – or you’re at least grateful for it. You offer me cream; call me honey. You take my order, double checking to make sure there’s nothing else I need.  It’s not just your words, but your smile – your presence. Your heart seems full and content even if your face looks a bit tired and weary.
When the man across the aisle demands “crispy bacon” THREE times, you call him “sir” and assure him that you’ll talk to the kitchen. When he changes the menu’s meal parameters multiple times, you write down each request, explaining to him how you’ll “ring it in” to make sure he’s charged correctly. He’s so demanding and unkind, but not you. Nope. You smile and promise to help.
I used to rude people.  But, you love them anyway.  You’re used to working hard and being tired. But you do it anyway. I can see your family at home, counting on you. And I can see you loving them as you love a stranger, welcoming her to the table.
Thanks for reminding me what hard work looks like and that it’s worth every moment for my family. Thanks for reminding me how to be kind to the unkind. There’s really no better way to live.
Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get. Matthew 7:12 (MSG)
Day 5 of 31


  1. Thank you for highlighting a hard worker who never lost her cool. A family is worth it. More people need to appreciate the man or woman who works hard. I know your job always has some unkindness. Just remember some parents don’t let their children face reality and try to bail them out.

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