A Year Long Holiday
A gourmet farm shop is known for providing samplings of their fruits, vegetables, and homemade dishes. So during this season it wasn’t unusual for Wilson’s to serve their customers Thanksgiving tastings.
The Dose patiently stood in line to receive a pre-holiday foretaste. I was fortunate enough to be behind a woman who decided to inform the server exactly what she wanted… white meat only, easy on the stuffing, more cranberry relish, and make certain that the gravy doesn’t “touch” the relish. Her order was placed like one ordering food in a restaurant; the only difference was that there was neither a bill attached nor a gesture of thanks.
Well, in full Dose fashion, I took note and sorted through this event. Has entitlement (give me what I want) overcome our being? Is kindness of heart (such as free food) overlooked? Where is the gratitude (our childhood lesson of saying please and thank you)?
So why was I so fortunate? The Dose received more turkey, stuffing, and relish than the previous client, all because I complimented and thanked the server, as well as wished her a Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanks. Thank you. Appreciated. Simple words that are easy to say. Let’s not make them hard to remember.
(Repost from November 2011)