She sat by the telephone and picked up the receiver. The voice on the other end spoke, “This is Maple Wood Grill how may I help you?”
“Yes I was calling to see if you could accommodate a large group tonight and if I need to make reservations.”
“How many will be in your group?”
There will be 9 of us all together, one is a highchair.”
“Okay, we only take reservations for groups of 10 or more. But can usually work a group your size in within a half an hour.”
“Great, see you in an hour or two.”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – accommodate
The restaurant was packed and it had taken them nearly 45 minutes to get a table. The waitress had taken their order and they were just waiting for their food to come out. The three of them had just been to the local college football game and were discussing their team’s victory. An employee approached them with a tray of food and began to hand it out. “Who ordered the fish and chips platter?”
The three of them looked at each other and finally Ben said, “No body ordered fish and chips. Could you have the wrong table?”
The employee got the rest of the food off of the tray and Jim was the only one without food. The waitress said, “But you didn’t order fish and chips?”
“No, I didn’t order the damn fish. I ordered chicken and mashed potatoes. This restaurant never gets my order right. Get me my food.”
The employee blushed and started to apologize for the wrong food when Ben said, “Jim no need to get churlish with her. She is not our waitress and mistakes are bound to happen when the place is this busy.
Jim shook his head and said, “I’m sorry miss. I guess I am just hangry.”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – churlish
The Barbecue restaurant was a great place to get a job as a waitress, everyone in school knew that. Amy was so excited when they called her and said she had an orientation in two days if she still wanted the job. And, she did.
The tips were by far the best part of the job. Amy began to save for her first car. The other kids were all caught up in the social scene, but she was all about work and saving for the future. Amy got along with the other waitresses, but even after only 6 months there she learned there was a high turnover rate. Many high school and college kids who were leaving at the end of the semester would once again leave them short staffed.
Amy being the industrious girl she was, went to talk to the manager one day about the high turnover. “I think if you offered more benefits, people would have incentive to stay,” she said. “Especially a benefit that grows. Like maybe an IRA or 401K.”
The manager liked her ideas but would have to pass the idea by the owner. That would be the true test. Later that night when the restaurant closed the manager approached Amy and said, “Gabe likes your idea for a 401K but knows they are only worth it for full time employees. What do you think would keep part-timers to stay?”
“Maybe a discount on food. College students always need food my sister says. Maybe a half-price when they are starting or finishing a shift and 20% off any other time.”
The manager smiled and said, “You’ve got a real good head for business. Maybe I should look out before you take my job.” They both had a chuckle and went back to closing duties. Amy thought to herself that maybe that is what she wanted, a job in management. She smiled as she continued to sweep the area.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – turnover
“Delivery or pick-up?” she asked the person on the other end of the phone.
He replied, “If it’s you sugar, delivery.”
She rolled her eyes. This job kept her rent paid, but came with some difficult customers. “No sir, I only take the orders. Would you still like delivery?”
She marked off delivery on the ticket and hung up the phone with a sigh. This would be a long night at work. Then as she turned she almost stepped into a man who appeared out of nowhere. He was handsome and slowly smiled at her. Maybe the night was changing…
(Just challenging myself to the 100 word fiction so many of you write so well. 100 words is not many…LOL)
This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself. I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day. There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment. Please try to find those moments for yourself too… if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog. Being aware can really turn a day around!
My boyfriend and I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and take a short drive tonight. We drove about 20 miles south to find the closest town that had an Outback Steakhouse. We had received a gift card for Christmas but had yet to use it since it is not in town. So we drove south and had a wonderful filling meal. The nice thing too is that it is the same town where my daughter works at the coffee shop so we stopped after dinner to see her and get a drink for the trip back.
I was happy we could make the trip without worrying about the weather this time of year. And grateful for my boyfriend’s mom who gave us the gift card to use in the first place. It was good food and good company and a special treat afterwards. Do you have a restaurant you will go out of your way for on occasion for a special treat?
I have undertaken a challenge this year. I am trying to find the good in every day by writing about happiness and gratitude that I feel. No matter how small there is always something to bring a smile or make you grateful, if just for a moment. Follow along with me as I dig deep as necessary and find the peace of the day. Join in if you are feeling happy and grateful too – in the comments or on your own blog. Let’s find some fun!
Trying new things is something that I need to do more of. Anxiety often keeps me from branching out to do this. Of all things to be anxious about tonight it was walking into an unfamiliar place. A new restaurant opened close by about a month ago and my boyfriend wanted to try it out tonight. Sometimes I have enough social anxiety a crowded restaurant is hard to walk into… make it one I am new to and it is worse. I did some coping mechanisms – deep breathing, concentrating really hard on just our table, not the whole place, and reminding myself I was safe and close to home if there was a big problem.
I made it through dinner ok. It got better after a lot of the dinner rush was over and the place emptied out a bit. The food was really good and reasonably priced. The restaurant had a nice sports bar type atmosphere and was playing some college basketball while we were there.
I don’t understand how I can get so worked up about something so simple as a dinner out, but I do sometimes. The thing to remember is I made it through ok in the past and I WILL do so again in the future no matter how much anxiety I have. I am happy we tried something new tonight, I am grateful I was able to get through it without an anxiety attack that only would have made things worse.