I’ve worked in a restaurant most of my life. I enjoy people and serving the public. Doing so has helped me to develop amazing interpersonal skills and also an array of great stories. Through the years, Valentine’s Day has been a busy holiday and a standard couples night out.
Walking into any restaurant on Valentine’s Day, you’ll be sure to see tables filled with adorable couples, blissfully in love, sharing a bottle of wine. How romantic, right? Wait, maybe you’re not seeing the entire picture, like I am…your local waitress.
Allow me to give you the inside scoop…
Filet mignon, lobster tails, baked stuffed shrimp, rack of lamb, flowing drinks, roses and intimate conversation like this…
Me: “Here’s your appetizer,” as I set down the plate. “Jumbo shrimp cocktail.”
Wife to me: “Thank you.”
Wife to husband: “MY mother gave ME the money and if I want to buy a new ottoman, I’ll buy a new ottoman!”
Husband: Frowning, “Whatever you want dear.”
Oh boy, I think.
Me: “Hi. Excuse me.”
Couple: No response
Nevermind, these two need to go and get a room, I think.
Husband: “Excuse me. Can I get another drink?”
Me: “Yes.” I reply, thinking that’s his third one.
Me: “Hi! Can I get you something to drink?”
Female guest: “Yes, a…glass of pinot grigio.”
Oh God. She’s crying, I say to myself.
It’s peak dinner time and the house is packed. I bring table 2 their entrees and they’re arguing. I return to table 4 and realize that his date has left as he places an order for himself, while looking embarrassed.
This night is a mess, I think. Well, it couldn’t possibly get any worse.
As I’m at the computer entering an order, the wife at table 1 gets up to use the lady’s room. Moments later I feel someone pulling at my apron near the side of my waist.
Drunk guy from table 1: “Hey, beautiful! What are you doing later?”
This guy’s wife is in the lady’s room. You have got to be kidding me.
Valentine’s Day is full of hope and expectation of the perfect romantic evening, the perfect connection. In my perspective, you can’t conjure up that romance or that connection. Valentine’s Day isn’t about doing what’s expected or trying to show your love one night out of the year, it’s about celebrating your love every day of the year.
Whether you spend Valentine’s Day out at a fancy restaurant, or home in your pj’s eating chinese food and watching Netflix, give the one you love the best you have to offer…every single day.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Your local waitress
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