Hawaiian Gratuity for a Special Waitress
--by brighteyes, posted Jun 19, 2008
After I married, we honeymooned in Hawaii. Both of us enjoyed our ten day stay-- the islands are gorgeous, the people loving, gracious and spiritual, the sunrises/sunsets one more spectacular then the next, the rainbows miraculously appearing each afternoon after a brief rain and the flowers so brightyly colored and diverse. What a paradise! We returned to one restaurant several times in Maui because I loved the buffet, the service, the outdoor tables where I could feed the birds, the ocean view and it was close to our hotel.
I befriended a waitress who symbolized the Hawaiin people to me: she was plump, middle-aged, super friendly, greeting us each time with a huge, warm smile, twinkling eyes, a deep booming laugh and a hug. She was quite chatty and so am I so we bonded instantly. She shared some of her life stories with us, which was so sad: hubby left, supporting several children, sick parents, working several odd jobs to make ends meet but challenges did not deter her joy of life or her positive attitude. I truly liked her and looked forward to seeing her each morning.
On our last day on that island, I decided to surprise her with a huge tip. I left her a $100 dollars partially hidden under a plate and a scribbled THANK-YOU on a napkin to let her know I appreciated her service and warmth (never told my hubby as he used to tease me about being a "soft touch" and way too generous--this was 20yrs ago and we were just starting out so were on a strict budget especially from the wedding expense and honeymoon vacation too).
I was not able to see her reaction, but I can picture it in my mind -- her surprise and delight about the HUGE tip! When I do, I smile and my heart expands - I am grinning! I hope I "made her day!" I never saw her again but I sometimes daydream about Hawaii and I still I think about her now and again and wish her well.
I am sure that you "made her day" for many many days to come! Your generosity is contagious! Thanks for sharing. :-)