So this evening my husband, my mom, my daughter, and I all went to dinner at a chain restaurant that I would not consider upscale but perhaps a little less family friendly than, say, Chili’s. We got the most awesome server we could have possibly had, and let me tell you one of the reasons why: she totally had the anxious parent thing down.
Normally, we wouldn’t bring our daughter to a restaurant like this simply because of her age and the fact that toddlers can be, well, irrational. We chose to do so tonight because it was a Sunday night, so typically slower business for this restaurant, and it was early. We figured we would be there before the dinner rush and business would be slower than a Friday or Saturday.
My daughter was starting to get hungry (yes, I brought a snack) and was starting to become whiney. I gave her the snack, which is one of her favorites, but she was still whining away despite our best efforts to entertain her. I was getting the anxious mom thing working up in me. I didn’t want to spoil the dinner for us, and I certainly didn’t want to spoil it for any fellow patrons.
The server happened past us on her way to the kitchen and asked, “Does she like fruit?” I told her she did. Within five minutes, voila! She had returned with a plate of different types of fruit for my daughter. Not on the menu, otherwise I would have ordered it. Plus, she did it totally complimentary.
Yes, fruit saved our evening! Or should I say, our server saved our evening because she totally did! To top it off, once she saw my daughter had happily eaten all of the fruit she brought, she returned with more fruit for her. My daughter was a new girl, let me tell you. You should know that my daughter eats fruit at home all the time. It’s her favorite. But if you know toddlers, the experience of having something in a different place, arranged on the plate differently, on a different type of plate . . . well, that’s just big stuff. I mean, seriously. I know it might sound like a totally simple and meaningless gesture to some, but for me, the server’s thoughtfulness was huge. This was a mom that had been where I was, saw the look in my eyes, and came to my rescue. Thank you, kind person. You saved our evening.