Would You Like a Refill?

Raquel Monday By Raquel Monday, 26th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A simple lunch date can turn complicated with a flick of the wrist but can be salvaged with a kind gesture.

Would You Like a Refill?

It was a bright, sunny day here in the south when my daughter, a good friend and me decided to have lunch at one of our most favorite eating places, It was close to the holiday season and we had spent the morning hours looking around for good bargains. Now we were experiencing the pangs of hunger that come from a very long, exhausting half day of shopping.

We entered the restaurant and waited to be seated by their friendly staff. We were shown to our booth and given our menus. A nice, well-groomed young man introduced himself as our Waiter and proceeded to take our drink orders. All was going well until he returned with our drinks. We were all so engrossed with our noses in the menus that we did not see what was about to happen. As he proceeded to place our drinks accordingly on the table, he accidentally tipped my daughter's orange soda causing it to go ALL OVER me! some got on my daughter and some got on my friend as well who was sitting across the table from both of us. I was so shocked at the "wet" feeling I was suddenly experiencing, that I exclaimed at the top of my lungs, "Oh My God!" and I kept repeating it loudly, forgetting where I was.

The restaurant was filled with people and there was a big birthday party going on at the table to the right of us. Well, the next thing I knew, the wait staff came running out from the kitchen and from all directions to see what was happening and customers stopped eating; some with their forks in mid-air, some with their mouths wide open and others sitting in a frozen stare directed at our table. It was quite a sight! I'm sure I was quite a sight as well, covered from chest to toes with orange soda and some that had worked its way around to my "backside!" Oh, and did I mention that I had been sitting in the far corner of the booth so I couldn't get out fast enough, that it was our Waiter's FIRST day on the job and that I knew the HEAD WAITER! I didn't know who to feel worse for, him or me.

Timidly, I was handed a small towel with which to dry and "dab" myself with while we went to the ladies room to collect ourselves and to make the best of a really BAD situation. In the meantime, the wait staff scurried and hurried to clean up our entire area
which involved moving the sitting booths and the table, cleaning underneath and on top of our table, putting out fresh silverware, drinks, napkins, etc.

When we returned from the ladies room, our waiter was timidly waiting at our clean, yet a wee bit ticky-to-the-touch- table. Judging by his expression, there was something he wanted to ask but was not sure how to "ask" it. Afraid as to how I would react, very cautiously, and quite courageously, I may add, he proceeded to ask the following question, "Would you like another soda? Would you like another refill?" We sat there staring at him not sure we had heard his most untimely question correctly and then, I burst out laughing and it was then that I realized how bad I felt for him. My daughter and friend began laughing at this point too and good humor and order was restored once again. Amidst the laughter, that I was no longer able to contain to myself, very politely I answered, "Just, no more orange soda for me, thank you." Upon hearing the well-intentioned joviality of my answer, he produced one of the most beautiful smiles I have been blessed to see. It was as if a giant weight had been lifted from his shoulders and it was so good to see him smile.

I informed him that it could happen to anyone, not to worry about it, there was no harm done and I still fully intended to keep eating there. He, in turn, gave me a grateful nod of the head. With that out of the way, we proceeded to give him our meal order and sat back chatting as if nothing had ever happened although my clothes remained damp to the touch the entire time we were there. To show my good will and help boost his self-esteem and self-confidence I felt he could use a really generous tip, so on our way out I added it to the bill and looked behind me long enough to catch his beautiful smile once more as he picked up and glanced at the amount I'd left behind for him.

This was the first time I had actually witnessed an entire establishment FREEZE in their tracks for a few seconds...and this, is just me going out to lunch.

One year later, I am happy to report that this young man is still working at our most favorite of restaurants. God is Good!

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author avatar Mikey.
27th Dec 2011 (#)

Hi Raquel, great story i in my youth worked in a hotel lounge bar and managed to drench a good few customers,some deserved it.

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author avatar arman123
27th Dec 2011 (#)

Good article Raquel .. Hope to see more of your writing

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author avatar Buzz
27th Dec 2011 (#)

What a wonderful share, Raquel! Thanks again for sharing your 2nd article with us. More, more.

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author avatar Susan Abraham
27th Dec 2011 (#)

Sounds like a scene from a film, Raquel. A real case of where truth may be seen to be stranger than fiction. Really enjoyed this. Will look forward to more.

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author avatar Raquel Monday
27th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Susan for your encouragement.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
27th Dec 2011 (#)

This was great and what a wonderful gesture of acknowledging humanness in another person

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author avatar Raquel Monday
27th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Tranquilpen. Enjoy your comments and your support.

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