Friday, November 1, 2013

The Richest Birthday Present

First off, let me say that my birthday went off without a hitch. In fact, I think it was the FIRST time that zero drama occurred, and that's a feat. The bad part was getting a frantic phone call at 8AM from the newest manager on our team. Her key wasn't working for the door, and the GM said he couldn't come because he lives 30 minutes from our store. Um...SO DO I, and last time I checked...I'm not on salary, AND not the one responsible in times like this. Lily was going to drive all the way to my house to get the key, but that didn't make sense in the grand scheme of things.

So what did I do? I rushed right up there and we busted our butts setting up the kitchen to open on time. Only, that wasn't the only issue. We were short TWO cooks, we had three trainees scheduled and only two trainers, Murphy's Law made sure that customers were pouring in, and then the worst part...I had a guy PUKE in my section. He then proceeded to pay in exact change. Homeboy is NEVER sitting in my section again.

The day didn't exactly get better from there, but I did make the executive decision that everyone needed a pizza party, so I ordered up enough food for the whole staff. I'm pretty sure that is the only thing that got us through the shift. Pizza for the win! The GM sure wasn't appreciative of what we went through, but I thanked all of my peeps, and they seemed extra appreciative of me. It's a good thing that I bend over backwards form my love bugs, and not someone that has less compassion than a zombie.

When I was finally able to flee the scene, I rushed home to the puppy, and practically fell onto the bed. At about 9PM, I decided to check my FB messages {that I am really bad at checking}, and within seconds, my heart skipped a beat. I saw the 4th Brigade avatar, and remembered that I had messaged them with a request for a picture of Will for my birthday. You see, they take pictures and videos to share with families during the training, but they are pretty random and I knew that finding one soldier out of 2,500 is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

 I tried not to get my hopes up, but when I saw that tiny little avatar, I KNEW I got my wish! Who knew that a cardboard message could be the richest birthday present in the world?


Perhaps the most surprising to me, is that this person running the FB site thanked ME for being a supportive Army wife. I requested a picture of my soldier, which seemed selfish to me, and here was this unnamed soldier thanking me. I've sat here for about an hour, and I'm still reeling from this simple gesture. I remind myself that no matter what, I have everything I could need in life. I miss my lover, but he is a part of me and never truly gone. Halfway there, and he'll be home for the holidays <3


27 comments:

Jen said...

Seeing pictures like that is always the best! :)

Brittany said...

Aww how nice that they sent you a picture!!

And wow what a rough day at work! I am sure you were everyones favorite, sucks about the GM though

Rachel said...

Sorry about the rough work day, but that's so awesome that at the end of it all you were able to get that picture of him! How special!

Lindsey said...

That's awesome. That would never happen on a submarine. You're lucky you have the ability to use Facebook with your husbands work. Happy belated!

Katie Nay said...

That is so so sweet :) I'm sorry your night wasn't the greatest ever, but I'm sure that was the best birthday present you could have asked for!

Nicole said...

Awe, this made me cry :). That's sooooo awesome they located Will for you. Very awesome! BTW, happy late birthday!

scrapperjen said...

Awwwww! I am teary eyed. Glad you got your birthday wish.

P!nky said...

Awww so glad you got your wish! way bummer about the day at work!

LOVE YOU!

Whitney @ EHFAR said...

Aww... how awesome!

♥ ♥ Just a Girl in Love w/ a Soldier ♥ ♥ said...

So sweet, sometimes it's the smallest things that mean the most!!!!

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

That is amazing and I am glad your awful day ended so positively!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

aki! said...

This is a really really adorable gesture!

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Jamie @ You Gotta Have Hart said...

Geez... you are too cool! I sure hope that your work peeps appreciate you! And I'm so glad you got your most special birthday gift in your message from Will!!

Kait said...

Ah what an amazing present! I got to Facetime Dane on Halloween and it was the best treat ever!!

Tales of a young mamma said...

ah I love this! Happy birthday!

lesley: the dream tree said...

what a sweet bday message from will! i know that made your day after such a rough one at work. hope time flies until he's home again. you two are so cute.

Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said...

Love it! Best birthday present!

Vicki Garrett said...

Awww!! I'm sure seeing his picture made you forget all about your stressful day. :)

Jenn said...

That is GREAT (not the restaurant part, the last part haha). I'm so glad you got a message from your soldier and that THEY were so supportive in letting him do it :)

Nicole said...

I bet you're going to be so happy to get away from this restaurant by the time you leave! But good for you for keeping your head up and doing what needs to be done!

And yes, that is the BEST birthday present you could have gotten :)

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

What a great gift, and the perfect way to end a trying day!

Cece said...

What a nightmare way to start the day and what a perfectly wonderful way to end it. Such a sweet pic. Happy Birthday if I haven't already said so.

Jean said...

Awwwwwe. So sweet! The best!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Ugh! What a mess of a way to start the day! I'm glad you guys got through it all. And what a WONDERFUL surprise to come home to! I'm so glad they found him! :)

Holly said...

That picture was so sweet! Glad you got your wish after all that drama with the store!

Kenzie S said...

So sweet that you were sent that picture of Will :D Glad you got your wish!!

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