For many parents, going out for dinner can be quite eventful. Sure, you don’t have to cook, but it all balances out after packing up everything you need, making sure your kids behave once there, trying to get them to eat every bite of the meal you’re paying for, dealing with the tantrum after telling them they can’t have a treat from the treasure chest because they didn’t finish their teeny-tiny meals, before heading home with excited, overly tired kids who are magically hungry once more. All this, while trying to be mindful of those around you and attempting to inhale your own plate of deliciousness not prepared by you.
“Why didn’t we stay home again?,” you ask yourselves.
Well, because sometimes we need that Tour of Italy, and those bread sticks and salad. Even if it’s just a few bites — because that’s all we’re capable of, thanks to our children — then it’s all worth it. But for Dallas French (awesome name, BTW) and her husband, her recent outing to Olive Garden was made all the more special, especially considering the crappy day they had leading up to it.
The Little Rock, Ark., couple and their four-month-old went to their local Olive Garden following an afternoon at the hospital. Their daughter, Ellee, had just tested positive for E.coli and they were all exhausted. So it was understandable that French fully expected her dining experience to go downhill, just like the rest of the day. Because that’s usually how it works. But not this day.
“I was really out of it (and probably from the lack of sleep this past month) but we went to Olive Garden in Little Rock after Ellee’s tests at children’s hospital and she was starving and I was trying to make a bottle and spilled it all over me an the floor,” French wrote on the restaurant chain’s Facebook page.
She proceeded to make another bottle for Ellee when her server came to drop off their food, and then stuck around.
“Our waiter (wish I knew his name) watched all that [happen] and had just brought our salad and bread sticks and said ‘Here let me feed her and you eat.'”
French added that she was so appreciative of his selfless act because he had no idea what a terrible day they had up until that moment. The fact that he took time out of his shift to do this helpful thing — such a small gesture yet so, so big — will make you believe in people again and, maybe, even inspire you.
Such a feel-good story. And if this isn’t a reason why we shouldn’t bring Olive Garden back to Canada, we don’t know what is.
WATCH: Here’s someone else proving just how little it takes to make someone’s day.