Evening shift at IHOP
Last night, Jordan was at work waiting tables at IHOP. A customer came in alone and was seated in his area. Jordan went over to the table and the man ordered two meals, one for himself and one for his wife. The kitchen was humming right along, so the plates were ready quickly. Jordan took them to the table and was slightly surprised to find the man still alone.
He was sobbing.
Jordan asked if he were alright and the man told him his wife had passed away just recently. He'd come into IHOP and ordered her favorite. It was just too overwhelming and he began to cry.
When he regained his composure, he ate his meal in silence, then called for the check. Jordan said, “No, this is on me. I paid for both meals.” And he did. He took the cost out of the tips he'd made and paid for the meal with the knowledge of his manager.
Sometimes our kids do things that are simply astounding. I can't get him to go to bed on time, clean up his room, or clear off his dishes after breakfast. Then he does something like this and lets Mary and I know that we instilled the right values in him where it counts, deep in his heart.
I'm very proud of my son today.