I have not had an easy day. For some reason my arm and the place on my lower spine (where I fell ) have been unusually painful today…. And I am sooooo worried about the fact that I have no paycheck coming in while I am not working….Okay, I will go ahead and admit it…. I have been having a hell of a pity party… since about 2:00 am this morning when the pain in my arm woke me up.
My mind tells me to shut up the whining…it tells me that I am lucky to be living…lucky that it is only my arm, head and spine that hurts….that I could be brain injured and comatose right now or dead….My mind tells me that there are others in this world that are far worse off than I….
And my mind is right….I know it is……
Thinking I would cheer myself up…I read a story just now on AOL about a waitress getting a $10,000.00 tip! Now don’t you think that has to be the happiest story? And it was….until I went and read one of the comments that followed. Now 99% of the comments were positive, but there was this one person…(I will call her “F” ) who said that when she dined out that she left a 10% tip; unless the service was not what she expected…then she would leave a quarter and a note explaining why.
Well that sort of got under my skin, but then another person…( let’s call her “C” ) came back saying that she was a waitress, had been for years and sometimes it’s not the waitress/waiter's fault…It could be the cooking…over crowded conditions, any numerous things which can affect your service … which is true.
You know what really really ticked me off??? It was when ’F ‘ came back and said….“well don’t blame the customers because you didn’t further your education and better yourself … maybe you should get a real job and leave the waitressing to the teenagers.
Now anybody that knows me, knows that I have been a waitress nearly all my life…starting out when I was around 14…. working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day…giving my check to my daddy to help him and mama… and only keeping my tips for myself. Sunday before last, before I crippled myself… I was still waitressing…working 11 hour days, three days a week.
Up until I read ‘F’ s comment, I thought I had a real job….It certainly felt like it when my feet would be too swollen to wear my shoes once I took them off at home…. It also felt like it when I have gotten burned too many times to count…To me; waitressing has got to be one of the hardest jobs there is and the least respected.
This has got me wondering…….Do most people think like ‘F’ ??? I mean yeah, I had dreams…I wanted to be a teacher, or a nurse….but sometimes things happen to get in the way of dreams
Please answer me this…. Because I make my living by waitressing, does that make me less of a real person? I may not have furthered my education and bettered myself….but I was always taught that no matter what job you hold… to do it to the best of your ability…and to treat others with the respect and courtesy that you want to be treated.
And I have always tried real hard to do what I was taught.
Come to think of it….
I think I did further my education…and better myself….
At least better than ‘F’ and those like her.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.