One of my favorites restaurants in Texas will be celebrating National Pie Day today. It is always a huge celebration and people wait for hours just to be a part of it. They celebrate by giving away a slice of pie to each patron. This restaurant has been around for over sixty years and they are known for their pies. Actually, nine different kinds of pies and a whole menu of good ole southern cooking.
Not only are they famous for their pies and their southern cooking but also for their wonderful service.
Their wonderful pies remind me of Crockett Johnson’s children’s book Harold and the Purple Crayon and the nine pies he liked best In one segment of the story, he drew them as he was walking around creating adventures with his purple crayon.
When my son came to visit a couple of weeks back, we drove in to town to pick up something he had ordered for his apartment and I went with him and told him I would take him to lunch. He and I have some very fond memories of going to this restaurant and both my kids have wonderful memories of reading Harold and the Purple Crayon when they were little and coming up with different adventures.
And, so, of course, it was only fitting that we ended up at there on a rainy, cold day. The minute we walked in we felt warm…not just from getting in out of the cold but because of the welcome we received in the already crowded restaurant and the southern hospitality that would soon follow.
My son noticed it first. Our server started with a table near us and was having a friendly conversation with the men coming in for a quick lunch before getting back to repairing the street. She moved on to a table near us and she sat down with the woman dining alone and chatted for a few seconds. She then helped her read her medication bottle. Just beyond that table was another table with two guests…one, a young man using a cane and the other a middle aged woman wearing noise cancelling headphones. Our server did the same with them…took a minute out of her busy day to show some kindness and care to them and sat and talked with them. At the table just across from us, first were a group of older women and one man. When they finished, our server brought his walker to him. The next group that sat down was a older man and a woman. The woman look disheveled but her spirit was so bright and cheerful and she seemed full of life. Again, our server sat down with them for a bit and chatted looking ‘beyond’ this woman’s outward appearance and seeing the person within. She was laughing with them and enjoying their company just as much as they seemed to enjoy hers. Her kindness towards all she served, including my son and I, was really out of the ordinary and much appreciated by all of us.She was showing us all that southern hospitality that I have come to know and love about living here.
Have a wonderful day celebrating National Pie Day today, eating some delicious pie, and spending time with the ones you love❤
Lesson learned: Remember to keep making those memories and finding all the acts of kindness, actions of love and caring, the hospitality from others, and all the joy you can in your daily lives. And, remember…