Last night Laura and I decided to go out for dinner so we packed up the kids and went to one of our favorite spots close by- Red, Hot & Blue. Our waitress was a very nice young girl, I think she said her name was Becca. We ordered our drinks and waited to for Laura’s mom to join us before we ordered anything but that ended up taking a little too long so we ended up putting in an order for an appetizer. After trying to get our kids to eat (per usual- they hate eating), our baby started fussing and getting really cranky as she has been doing around the same time every evening. A good amount of time had already passed now and we heard that our guest was held up so I decided to ask our waitress for the check. I explained to her our situation of why we needed to leave. I started thinking about when I used to wait tables and how families aren’t always the best customers as they are usually on a budget and they tend to make a bit more of a mess than other patrons. The check was only $10 so wanted to give her a nice tip. I included another $60. When she came by to pick up the book I explained to her why it was so much and she was instantly moved. Her mood really seemed to be lifted and she told me how she could really use it for college as she’s going back soon. It felt great to bring a little cheer to someone who seemed to be having just another slow weeknight shift.
– Doug Kane