Something I wrote in August of 2010. I still remember the young lady.
Just some thoughts:
Thursday night I went to a double-header baseball game. I stopped on the way to my seat at the concession stand to buy a coke. Later in the evening the young lady who sold me the coke came and sat next to me as the seat next to her was occupied by her boyfriend. I had already been in conversation with her boyfriend, and then the young lady after she arrived. I learned she had recently graduated college: four-point student athlete on a scholarship, some academic and some athletic. She said she was quite discouraged as she had graduated and could not find a job. So for some income she was working a concession at ballgames and had various other odd jobs.
The following day I was working a Tennessee golf event as a starter at a very nice, private country club when I saw a young lady come up driving the drink cart. I walked over to purchase a drink and as I did, the driver said, “Hey, I met you last night at the ballgame; you’re the guy I waited on and later sat by.” It was the concession girl. I did not have my billfold with me, and I asked if I could pay her at the end of my assignment. “Yes,” she said.
Later that afternoon, before leaving the course, I found her. I gave her money for my drink, which she didn’t want to take. She said,” Wait, I’ll get your change.” I told her I didn’t want any change back. She looked at me and said, “Are you sure, I don’t normally get tips like that,” and she reached for her change pouch.
I then asked her if she had a minute. She looked puzzled, but said she did. “Young lady, our paths have crossed twice in less than twenty-four hours, and both times I have seen you working at less than glamorous jobs, especially for a college graduate with honors. Evidently, no job is beneath you. Your example and attitude brings encouragement to a guy my age and stage in life. If I owned a business I guarantee you would be the first one on my list to talk to. Too many people these days consider certain types of work just don’t measure up to who they are and what they think they are worth; this is not you, evidently. If I were a rich man, I’d tip you even more and I’d call some of my rich friends who own businesses and tell them that I met a young lady they need to interview for their company. So good luck to you, stay with it because you’re going to be successful.” Tears came to her eyes as she thanked me again. “Nobody has ever said something like that to me, thank you.”
Now, don’t anyone read this and think, “Oh what a nice guy he was.” No praise to a sixty-eight year-old guy who tips a cart girl twenty bucks. I tipped her for being a twenty-one year-old with great potential that is not afraid to do work of any kind.
There are a lot of young people out there who need our support and encouragement. Not all kids are “lazy and indifferent.”
August 27, 2010