Friday, September 22, 2006

Elderly Woman Behind A Counter In A Small Town

A couple of years ago, my wife and I were being seated at a table in Jim's Steak and Spaghetti House, and Phyllis Elkins was our waitress. As she poured our water and arranged the tray of crackers in the same way she has done daily for six decades, she said: "I'll be right back with the menus."

My reply? "We don't need menus. We come here just for
the water and the crackers."

Ms. Elkins didn't miss a beat. She paused slightly, then smiled politely and kept on walkin' toward that menu rack.

On the inside, though, she was thinking: "Crack a joke I haven't heard before, kid."

Thursday, after 60--yes, I said sixty--years of waitressing at Jim's, Ms. Elkins hung up her white apron and retired.

Tips aren't as good in retirement, but the hours are better. Enjoy life, Ms. Elkins. ...And thanks.


Anonymous said...

I love the crackers and the cole slaw. I like everything about Jim's....except the "Seat Nazi."

....You know who I'm talking about.

Always loved Jimmy, though. Good man.

Hoyt said...

Strangely enough, I had lunch there yesterday during her reception.

I miss Jim. I remember he told me I looked like Roberto Benigni.

jedi jawa said...

Were you jumping on the seats and kissing people Hoyt? :-)

I've eaten there too. Nice place. I can't say I recall the wait staff though.

The Film Geek said...

Hoyt: From Jim, that was a high compliment, I'm sure.

Jedi: What a staff they've had at Jim's. It is common--really, common--for those folks to have worked there 25, 35 or 40 years. Some even at the same job. Special, and unusual.

Rt. 75: The seating direction has been softened!

Anonymous said...

Makes me want a grilled cheese sandwich with pickle and a glass of tomato juice.

The Film Geek said...

LOL. It would be the BEST grilled cheese ever, though!