Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Tip

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

'How much is an ice cream sundae?' he asked.
'Fifty cents,' replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.
'Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?' he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.

'Thirty-five cents,' she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins.
'I'll have the plain ice cream,' he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies... her tip.

You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

In our daily lives, we get to meet many people who work painstakingly, help us & serve us in one way or another. They all are significant and deserve our attention and care, and the least we can do is smile and say "hello" to them.


siawase_tenshi said...

I like the fact that I can always find a story within a story in your posts, for they always leave something for me to ponder upon. Cleaners, garbage collectors, road sweepers...these are people who help make our lives better and more comfortable everyday, yet has society given them the dignity and respect they truly deserve?

Sangz said...

WOW!!! nice!!! verrrrrrryyyyy touching man!!! i liked it.... and i liked best the kid's pic u have chosen :) !!! keep writing

Femin Susan said...

Absolutely fantastic post! Good job dear!
Great! Keep writing…….
Good week……… Welcome to my blog…….

Femin Susan said...

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