In the mid 80's, I moved to Northern California from Ohio. I thought my way was paved. I would be a successful business manager. One of my favorite eateries was a Chinese restaurant in downtown Livermore. While there were many offerings on the menu, I always ordered Lo Mein. It was that good.
Long story short,
The job didn't pan out and I moved back to Ohio.
In the mid 90's,
I returned to Livermore for a short visit. I stopped in to my Chinese restaurant for a plate of Lo Mein. As I was sitting down, a familiar man stepped out of the kitchen, spotted me and said,
"Where the hell you been?"
Gobsmacked by his greeting, I couldn't answer. After all those years, he remembered me.
I was home again.
Over the years,
I've thought a lot about that greeting and how much it meant to me.
I was recognized.
When this Covid 19 era winds down and we return to sit down restaurants, please take the time to look your server in the eye and say,
I missed you.
I'm here for you.