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Service With A Smile


When Papa Bear and I travel out of town, we try to avoid eating at chain restaurants, preferring to take a chance on local fare. While on our getaway to Texas Hill Country last weekend, we found the idea of ribeye steaks enticing and chose a local steak house for our anniversary dinner based on good customer reviews.  It turned out to be a family-owned business that had been in operation for over thirty years, with a western-themed atmosphere, good service, and excellent food - including carrot cake that was to die for!

While savoring our dinner, we were charmed by the appearance of an elderly lady, probably in her 70's, attired as if she was going to a party, with a pretty dress, a lovely fringed shawl, a small bag with a drawstring hanging from her wrist, and a deep burgundy silk rose fastened in her silver hair.  Looking as if she had just stepped out of a photograph that held a younger version of herself, it was apparent that she was one of the staff as she moved from table to table visiting briefly with customers, ensuring they had everything they needed, and removing wrappers and empty plates . 

Arriving at our table as we were finishing, she asked if we had enjoyed our food, and thanked us for coming.  Papa Bear prepared to hand her our credit card and the check for our meal.  With a twinkle in her eye she said, "Oh no, I can't take that; they don't trust me with the money!" Then, with a smile, she moved on to other guests.

This lovely lady was so captivating that when our waitress arrived to retrieve our payment, Papa Bear inquired about who she was.  The waitress grinned and said, "She's the owner." 
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I'm linking up with Thom at Three Word Wednesday 
where today's writing prompts are chance, entice, and savor.

22 comments:

  1. Great post! I was drawn in immediately. Nice little story, Josie.

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    1. It was she who drew us in, Annie, it was impossible not to be enchanted!

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  2. Cool story. I can just picture this sweet lady

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    1. She actually looked much like a much older version of the lady pictured above, with strong ethnic features that we thought to be Mediterranean, and so very much charm!

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    1. Thank you Sheilagh, she truely was the "frosting on the cake" for our evening!

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    1. Thank You Len, it was a lovely experience!

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  5. Lovely story & the key words were woven in so creatively, I had to search for them.

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    1. Thank You, Lynda! Those words were a perfect fit for a story I was already wanting to share!

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  6. What a delightful story making the visit that much more memorable.

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    1. So very true Old Egg, when remember that anniverary dinner it is she who will come to mind, and who helped to make it something special and unique. Long after we remember what we ate, we will remember her impish "They don't trust me with the money!"

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  7. Aha some people are enticing..and magical..thank heavens for that! Jae

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    1. Indeed she was just that Jae, if I had been there alone I would have found myself later wondering if I had imagined her, she was totally in her element! :-)

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  8. What a charming story. She sounds like a character from a movie - all ethereal and lovely. I loved this!

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    1. She was indeed delightful Selma, I can only imagine what she must have been like in her younger days! She blessed our evening with her presence!

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  9. You are a painter of words, dear Josie. I loved this.

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    1. Thank you Cheryl, this was such a wonderful experience, we are still talking about it and smiling, such a lovely lady she was!

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  10. a lovely story. your description brought her to life in front of me.

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    1. Thank you! Sometimes life brings us the most interesting and wonderful people when we least expect it. Her presence greatly added to the festive feel of our evening. :-)

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    1. It was such a wonderful experience, Kristi!

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