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forks, boogers and Olive Garden
Posted: Oct 26, 2010 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment |

This has to rank pretty high up on the list of all team weirdest blog post titles.  I had an experience at Olive Garden today that I wanted to share with you that I think you might enjoy.  Every Tuesday, we have staff meeting at West.  Today we spent quite a bit of time getting the final plans together for our fall festival coming up this weekend.  As soon as the meeting was over, a few of us jumped in the car and headed to Olive Garden for lunch.  Soup and Salad at Olive Garden is one of the greatest meals on the planet.  We pile in to Olive Garden and are rather surprised at the fact that we had to wait 20 minutes for a table which is not normal for this specific location.  We wait our due time and finally the little buzzer goes off alerting us that our table is ready.  We find our way to our seats and all proceed with our orders and everything is going along pretty smoothly.  Our waitress brings our salad to the table, we pray and then begin to consume the Italian goodness.

As I unwrapped my cutlery, I noticed something on one of my forks that didn’t seem normal.  As I looked closer, there was what can best be described as a large booger on my fork.  Now, I know that there are probably several thoughts running through your head.  First of all, pastors shouldn’t say booger which may be true but I don’t know what else to call the stuff that comes out of your nose so we will go with booger.  Second of all, if there was indeed a booger on my fork, how in the world does that happen?  Did the person who was washing dishes have to sneeze and couldn’t find a tissue anywhere?  Does he say to himself, “well I guess this fork will have to do.”  Then, after placing the booger on said fork, places it into a completed and clean set of cutlery and assumes this is no big deal.  Now I do not know how the booger got on the fork but the point is, somebody certainly should have caught that.  I mean if there is a little spaghetti sauce left on my fork…….ok that happens.  Even a bug or a piece of hair could be explained.  But a booger………wow.

“Where in the world is he going with this,” you may be thinking to yourself while still being surprised by the fact that I said booger.  Upon noticing the booger stained fork, I call the waitress over to the table to calmly ask for a new fork.  I said, “maam, there seems to be a booger on my fork.  May I please have another one?”  She was very nice and brought me a non booger tainted cutlery set.  After about 15 minutes, the Olive Garden manager slowly made his way over to our table.  I could tell he was not looking forward to coming over to our table.  He slowly approaches us and says, “So, I heard about the incident with the fork.”  I guarantee he was expecting to get yelled at.  After all, when a person goes out to eat they have certain expectations of a restaurant and I would guess boogerless forks rank high up on the list.  After giving the gentleman a few moments to share his apology, I said, “sir, don’t worry about it.  It’s ok and the very nice waitress brought me a new fork.  Stuff happens, it’s no big deal.”

You should have seen the look on this man’s face after my response.  It’s as if he was saying, “That’s it?  You aren’t going to yell at me?  There was a booger on your fork for crying out loud.”  After staring at me for a couple of seconds, the gentleman said, “Well ok then…….you guys have a nice lunch and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.”  I did not raise a scene.  I did not demand a free meal.  I did not ask for the firing of the person who placed the booger on the fork.

This whole weird story reminds me of a verse in Colossians 3:13 that says this:

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”

So often, we expect other people to make allowance for our faults but we don’t give allowance when a person does something to us.  You and I have been forgiven an incredible debt when Jesus died on the cross for us.  People are going to make mistakes and although it sometimes isn’t always easy, we need to be reminded that because we were given grace by God, we are expected to grant it to others.  I don’t know who put the booger on the fork and I really don’t care.  What I do know is that a waitress and a manager at Olive Garden will remember me as the guy who didn’t make a big deal about the booger stained fork.  Something to think about.

With Expectancy!

Corey

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