As Valentine’s Day approaches, Cupid sharpens his arrow readying it to puncture the left ventricle of the center which is the place all of the love is saved. Restaurant servers are additionally making ready, girding their loins for one of many busiest days of the yr. The 14th of February falls on a Friday this yr which is a little bit of a disappointment for servers. We prefer it higher when the restaurant is inexplicably crammed stuffed with lovebirds on a usually gradual Tuesday evening as a substitute of a Friday evening when the restaurant shall be busy anyway. Most have a reasonably good expectation of what their Valentine’s Day shall be like, however servers additionally know what to anticipate on at the present time of romance. From restaurant to restaurant, it’s the identical factor yearly, extra common than Outdated Trustworthy after a spoonful of natural psyllium husk.
With out fail, a server someplace on the earth shall be requested to take part in a wedding proposal that may contain dropping a hoop right into a glass of champagne or fastidiously inserting it onto a flourless chocolate torte to be served on the exact second when love is within the air. Coordination is vital for this to go off with out a hitch. When cued, the server shall be anticipated to forsake all their different tables and shine the highlight of affection on this most vital of . If the one doing the proposing is nervous, the server is twice as skittish, as a result of along with holding observe of the orders of seven totally different tables and what number of fried artichoke coronary heart appetizer specials stay, they’re additionally tasked with the duty of holding observe of a hoop of their apron that’s most likely price of 1 to three months of their buyer’s wage. If the reply to the popped query is sure, the server will instantly assume the function of engagement photographer so Instagram could be alerted to the large information. If the reply isn’t any, the server will get to show the desk over extra rapidly than anticipated.
Servers may anticipate to see no less than one lone common who comes into the restaurant each week to sit down on the identical place and order the identical factor. Upon arrival, this individual will understand two info: the menu has fewer selections, however is dearer and there’s no place for a single individual to sit down in a restaurant on Valentine’s Day. This individual will begrudgingly sit on the bar and order their traditional prosciutto pizza solely to have it arrive within the form of coronary heart confirming that going to a restaurant alone on Valentine’s day isn’t any enjoyable. After they ask for the invoice, it would include two Hershey Kisses as a result of the bartender thinks it’s cute.
Lastly, someplace there shall be a server who will witness probably the most disappointing Valentine’s Day of somebody’s life. A girl will enter the restaurant carrying a glittery, plastic rose with flashing LED lights and her face will already present the best wrinkles of disappointment. Minute by minute, these wonderful traces will flip into fissures of discontent and the server will watch it play-by-play. When her date pronounces he’s not within the temper for champagne and orders a beer as a substitute, the romance sheds a fragile layer of hope. When he refuses the “Steak & Lobster for Two” and as a substitute orders the fish and chips and a burger to allow them to cut up it, all hope is misplaced. Nonetheless the server will persist, convincing them to order the strawberry shortcake dessert garnished with gold leaf. By the point the lady receives a purple teddy bear that claims “I Wuv You” and her date asks to separate the examine, the romance can have shriveled up and died on the vine.
On the finish of the evening, the will all go house for compulsory love-making whereas the one of us will go house to both bask of their single hood or wallow in it. Servers will reset the eating room, polish the silverware and sip their properly deserved shift drink as they rely their suggestions. You’ll be able to maintain your roses, your sweet, your stuffed animals, and your sentimental Hallmark playing cards stuffed with mushy expressions of ever-lasting love. We servers will all the time take a look at Valentine’s Day because the shift that fills our hearts and aprons with the one factor that can all the time be there for us: cash.