Waitress Gets Tip Of Lifetime
She had no idea that going to work last Thursday was going to change her life. But that’s exactly what happened when this 18-year old went to her job in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Abigail Sailors was working as a server in a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Lincoln, Nebraska last week, when two men walked in for lunch. They asked the hostess if they could be seated at a table that had a grumpy server, because they wanted to make them laugh. The hostess said that they didn’t have any grumpy servers, but she would gladly seat them at a table that had the happiest server. And that server was 18-year old Abigail Sailors.
The two men ordered their choices for lunch, and then started asking young Abigail some questions. Specifically….why she was so happy. And being friendly, Abigail began telling them her story while she waited their table.
Her story, she told the men, started when her and her four siblings were riding in the family car with her parents on the way to Missouri. The car crashed, and because her mom never fully recovered from her brain injury and her father wasn’t the best man for being a father, the children were all separated into foster homes.
After Abigail and her brother and sisters were finally placed together again in the same foster home, their life didn’t get easier. The children suffered years of abuse at that home, with the foster father eventually going to prison.
The children were split up again, with Abigail, her brother and one of her sisters going to live with their father, who was eventually arrested for abuse.
Finally, nine years ago, a wonderful couple named John and Susi Sailors took all five children in. The Sailors raised and loved them as their own. Abigail, who took their last name, credits them for shaping her life.
I don’t know how I would have turned out if I didn’t have them.
Abigail then started telling the men about what she wants to do with her life. She told them that she was attending Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, North Dakota, and was studying psychology and youth ministry. At least she was, until she ran out of money. She said she was working on saving her wages and tips to add to her financial aid so she could hopefully go back next fall. But she was positive when she told the men that she was going to try to take some on-line classes until then.
And that is why she said that she was so happy. She said,
My attitude is: God blessed me with a lot of things. I’m doing good. That’s all that matters to me.
When the meal was done, one of the men told Abigail that he had graduated from Trinity Bible College, and then opened his checkbook and started writing checks. One was for $5000…to Trinity…for Abigail’s tuition. Another check was written for $1000 to Abigail…to be used for whatever she needs. And then he left a tip of $100, that Abigail split with another waitress.
Abigail tried to thank the men, whom she had never before met, but was met with the response,
Source: Journal Star