A couple of Saturdays ago, my wife Penny and I traveled to Munfordville in Hart County to attend the funeral of her brother-in-law’s mother. We stopped in Bowling Green on the way to pick up Penny’s parents. When we arrived back in Bowling Green, we stopped at Red Lobster to eat lunch around 1:30. What made this special was that our youngest son Zeke had been working there, waiting on tables, for about a year now as he finishes college. We asked for a table in Zeke’s section and were seated there. The early afternoon lunch crowd was thin, so ole Zeke only had two tables. He had the four of us and a couple of middle-aged ladies in the booth across from us. Now, I must say even if he is mine that Zeke was working his tail off waiting on those two tables. He was constant motion. I was watching him work as much as I was eating. I couldn’t help but notice how pleased the two ladies were with his service. To prove that point, I could hear what they said to him as they received their ticket. They said, “Young man what is your name? Your service was outstanding! We want to request you every time we come here to eat!” Zeke said, “My name is Zeke, and I would love to serve you, just ask for me.” After this exchange, the ladies got up and had to walk right by our booth. I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
I looked at the two ladies and said, “Excuse me ladies, but I noticed that we had the same waiter as you did.” They remarked, “Yes, wasn’t he just wonderful? He was the best we have ever had.” I said, “I totally agree. As a matter of fact, my wife and I thought he was so good we have decided to pay for his college tuition next semester.” As they looked at me stunned, I said, “If you want to split the costs with us, that would be awesome.” About that time, Zeke came out the kitchen door to our table. The ladies looked at him, looked at me, repeated the sequence and simultaneously burst out with “You are his daddy, aren’t you!” I said yes, but the offer still holds on the tuition. That gave them and us a great laugh to end out Red Lobster experience. Hey, you never know.
The moral of the story is that watching your children grow up to possess the gift of good work ethic is a great blessing. Fortunately, both of our sons, Zack and Zeke, are demonstrating said work ethic. The second moral of this story is that a little laughter makes the world a better place for everybody. A lot of laughter makes it an awesome place.
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OTT: Happy birthday this past week to loyal reader Ms. Jewel Simmons.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference
Mike Wright is the former head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.