December 9th, 2009, the post for that day was about last year's Toys for Tots fundraiser in HNT form. Lots of words, lots of pictures.
So, I went back to December 9th, 2008 to see what was there. I liked that post so much that I'm reposting it here. Some long time readers might remember it. Some new readers might find it interesting. Either way... two years ago today, this is what I had posted on the blog for the day. Enjoy! ;)
"I mentioned about a $50 tip accompanied with a note that I wanted to write about it. I started and then stopped, not sure if I wanted to or not. I'm going to after all. =)
I was working late two Saturday nights ago and something interesting happened. I waited on 3 young girls. I'd put them at late teens to early twenties. Barely younger than me or about the same age as me either way. While waiting on them, they asked me quite a few questions. How I was doing, how I was really doing, how I liked my job, if I was okay in general and some other things. They seemed very concerned and caring about my overall well being. They were very nice and sweet girls. I had never seen them before and neither had anyone else there that night. I got a little of an odd vibe off them. Not in a strange or creepy way but just that they were very concerned about me for whatever reason. Which seemed strange because I didn't know them and they didn't know me. I've never seen or waited on them before, I would have remembered. I have a knack for remembering faces and easily begin to recognize repeat customers after just coming in once and then a second time. I felt strange about them. The last thing the blonde girl named Kelly did was look at me and ask, "So, are you really okay? In general." I shook my head and said that yeah, I was doing fine. She nodded once, staring at me and said simply, "Ok." That was the weirdest part of all because I felt like she was staring straight through me and seeing the truth that I wasn't saying. Like she was looking beneath everything on the surface and skipping all the physical elements to me and just seeing that I was lying in a way. I am fine but I've been conflicted in things a lot lately. I've been confused a lot and I've felt incredibly down a lot lately. I thought maybe she was just an intuitive person but the way she stared into me really unnerved me. They were done and just sitting around so I got on with other customers. I paid a little attention to them here and there but they seemed to just be chatting away.
I was coming up from the back and the blonde named Kelly was standing by the front door waiting for me to come by. As I got closer, the girl named Maria came to stand by her. The third girl, Megan, was no where in sight. I got up in front of them and stopped to ask if they needed anything.
Kelly said, "We have your tip for you and it's in here (holding up a note towards me) but please wait until we leave to open it." I said thank you and told them to have a great night. They walked quickly away and I unfolded the paper, read the note and then counted the bills to realize I had 50 dollars in my hand from these girls. I saw them in the distance so I went around after them but they were just gone in the blink of an eye. I searched a little for them in the direction I had just seen them walking but didn't see them anywhere at all. I asked some people if they had seen them and everyone was of the consensus that they were gone once they were into the next parking lot. It was strange. People don't just vanish into thin air in front of people.
I can't scan the note but I'll type out the note exactly as they wrote it so y'all can see what it said.
Here it is:
Amorous! (My real name was here but obviously I'm not posting that, lol.)
Thank you so much for serving us! We hope that you experience God's blessing in every area of your life, especially at your home!
There is something special about you - remember.
Kelly, Megan, Maria! =)"
Now, the thing about this note is that I didn't see them with other than their little wallets containing their money and credit cards. The paper didn't seem like it was only minutes free of a notepad either. It had creases in it and the paper was slightly worn like it had been folded and carried around a little bit. I was curious about why it was dated as well. I was also curious about what the note said. A lot of my conflicting thoughts are about stuff that revolves around home and I've been very down on myself lately.
My name was on the note but I never wear my name tag at work, lol. I might have had it on but that in itself would be weird because really, I never wear the damn thing. I don't tell my name and it's also not on any receipts. Not because I'm paranoid but because my family are pretty much the only people in my life who call me by my name. Most of my friends always calls me by various nicknames. No one stopped and talked to them. We didn't have many employees that night. In fact, I was the only one serving food the whole time they were there with one girl helping here and there. They didn't talk to her and they didn't talk to anyone else at work then. They didn't leave their table the whole time we were there up until the point they were ready to leave. No one I knew was there and I have no doubt in my mind about never seeing them before.
I doubt that I'll ever see them again but I would really like to. For nothing more than to say thanks. The money was nice and I ended up giving about half of that $50 away anyway. The note was the part that stood out to me more. I'd also like to get the chance to ask them about the note and why they picked me to do that for and how the heck they knew my name, lol. Among other things. Though like I said, I don't think I'll ever see those girls again to ask them anything or even just to say thank you.
My nose is running. I keep on sneezing. My throat is scratchy and irritated. My head is aching and feels crowded. It never fails. Every year, no matter what I do, I get sick at one point in December. I've spent quite a few Christmas mornings opening gifts and feeling like crap. Waiting to be done to go back to sleep. Thankfully it looks like I'll be knocking the December head cold I always get out early this year. So happy I'm off today and tomorrow. I'll be relaxing and medicating it on up.
I'm definitely venturing out for The Dark Knight today though. Yeaaah baby. =) Since I'll be at Best Buy getting that, I'll grab up a few gifts too.
So, there you have it. Also, if you feel so inclined, check out the Toys for Tots post from one year ago today. That's totally worth reading and seeing the pictures. ;)