You never know when you’ll meet a hero. On our Thanksgiving trip to see family, we stopped at an Applebee’s for dinner. The server was delightful. Her name is Heaven (really), and she certainly lives up to that name. But, the real story is about to unfold.
This is Kelvin Carter, the manager at Applebee’s. He stopped by with a gentle smile and kind voice to ask “How is everything?” We talked about the dinner, and Heaven. We told him about our last visit a few years ago, and a server who makes a difference.
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There are people who just have a way of making you feel good and open the door to conversation.
Kelvin is that person.
It started with his firm handshake. His eye contact was locked on. His smile was genuine. Hubby told him about the Kelly Clarkson Show and Read Aloud West Virginia. I was surprised Kelvin cared and wanted to hear more. I told him I was a preschool teacher, and how important children’s books are.
“Kelvin, are you married? Do you have children?”
“No. Not yet. You see… (long pause, standing tall, squaring shoulders) I have a contract with myself.”
My eyes must have been saucers. Who says that? Who has a contract with themselves?
Then Kelvin pounded his chest with his fist. Twice. He changed. He was serious.
“I’ve only been here four years. I have a work ethic. I need to work hard before I can get married and have children. My dad had a bar in West Philly. I worked there when I was young. I learned a lot. I need to prove myself.”
And so, I salute Kelvin. He is the poster guy for perseverance. He is my hero. He inspires me.