Table Talk

Posted on: 18 January, 09

Our waiter this evening had a very obvious stutter.  It was painful to watch him struggle to control it, to get the words out.  We didn’t mind because he was such a charming young man.  I am not a violent person, but I seriously wanted to get up and smack the people at the next table who were mocking him.  Just wanted to give them a good old Southern smack upside the back of the head and say, “Didn’t you momma raise you better?”  On the way out, C spotted the manager and said, “Our waiter, ______, was awesome.” 

When we got into the car, we talked about what courage it took for that young man to choose a job that requires him to speak in public.  I was proud of my boys for their behavior in the restaurant.  They waited patiently as the waiter stumbled over his words.  They chatted with him as easily as they do with any waiter.  They acted as if nothing was out of the ordinary.  They shared my offense with the table who behaved immaturely.  Their momma is trying very hard to raise them right.


7 Responses to "Table Talk"

And obviously, she is doing a great job!

Good for your kids! And momma! (And doesn’t it feel good when the kids get it?)

What a wonderful little story – just keep up the good work! 🙂

That brought tears to my eyes. I am so proud of your sons too. Not many young people have the maturity to see past the physical and to go the extra mile in making the person feel comfortable without making them feel belittled. Well done mom! You are raising some very fine young men.

Just a side note. I knew a very nice man who worked for a delivering company. He had a stuttering problem also. Whenever he delivered packages to my place of work, we would have wonderful chats. For awhile I didn’t see him and asked the newbie what had happened to him. Turns out his stuttering was caused by a brain tumor and he had died. I guess that’s a sad ending to what is a positive post of a very chivalrous act by your sons.

And what a wonderful mama you are! You should be so proud. There is no place in this world for rude behavior like your restaurant “neighbors”, how shameful.

Kudos to you and your kids! My dad, a very successful aerospace engineer, is a stutterer. He hated this disability–he’s also a stroke survivor now at age 92 and seems to stutter less. People like you and your sons, who react with kindness and encouragement, are the best support for these people. Brought a tear to my eye to read this poignant entry. Hugs to you and the family.

Their momma is indeed raising them right.

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