Of course at the same time, I really didn't care where we went for my birthday lunch. To me, just spending time with my family and my daughter coming to spend the day with me, meant more than what money could ever buy for me. She had already spoiled me with my hair and my nails.. And now she was going to be sleep deprived because she had gotten off work 3rd shift and had to go back tonight for a 3rd shift. Yet, she told her Daddy that sleep didn't matter to her that she could get it anytime, but Mama’s birthday was only once a year and she wanted to let me know how much she loved me and appreciated me. She wanted me to feel loved and special. Boy, did she hit the target perfectly on that one, because I was already humbled when she treated me to a day of getting my nails and hair done and now she was taking me out to lunch.
Eric and Vincent sat in front in the jeep while Eric drove, Katarina and I sat in the back of the jeep talking and taking pictures with her phone. We arrived at Fatz and we only had to wait a few minutes before we were seated in a round table in the corner of the restaurant. So far, was great. We were laughing and having a great time. Now what to order, I have no idea and didn't know what to get. For appetizer we got the ribs and we ordered drinks. The ribs arrived and it was a small amount. Katarina said that she didn't believe the amount of ribs we were getting for the price that it was.
However, it was like someone heard her and the manager of the kitchen came out and said that he saw what the waitress was bringing us and it was not sufficient and that they would be bringing some more ribs out. Katarina and I smiled. The ribs were fantastic. Vincent and Eric had made an order and I got the same thing that Katarina ordered of the Alfredo pasta. We were laughing and talking and really enjoying the time there. The food was just a plus really. I would of been happy if we ate a sandwich at the house. After all, I was getting to spend my afternoon, on my birthday, with some of the people that I love so very dearly.
The waitress brought our food out. First thing she does is almost drops Vincent’s plate in front of him. The shrimp flies off the plate and onto the table. She said sorry and picks it up and tells Vincent that she will bring more shrimp out. Katarina’s pasta doesn't have Alfredo sauce on it and my noodles were burnt in some places. Yes, the 2nd time at Fatz and it was an ultimate failure for the food department. Katarina was really upset about the situation and she wanted to complain. She asked me if she was wrong for wanting to do that and I told her that it was what she felt and that I would do the same thing. When I left to go to the restroom, as I walked back to the table the waitress with a man was standing at the table.
Eric had walked away, but he is back now standing beside Katarina. The man was apologizing about everything and Katarina was very mature about it all. I sat back in silence as she explained that the food was not good at all. That the waitress had dropped the shrimp, that she was served her pasta without the Alfredo on it, that my pasta was dried and burnt in some places. The man looked at me and told me that he was very sorry about everything and noticed that he was trying to speak to me instead.
I shook my head and told him that the only thing that I was impressed with was the ribs. I also shook my head and told him that I was not the one that was paying for everything nor the one that he needed to speak with. I told him that this was my daughter’s treat and he needed to make sure that everything was alright with her. He looked at her again and apologized to Katarina for the food and that he would take the pasta off the bill.
I sat back watching Katarina converse with this man. She was very professional and calm about the situation. She explained to him that she was spending a lot of money for this lunch for her Mother’s birthday and that she was very disappointed because she wanted it to be special to me. She explained to him that for the amount of money that she was paying that she would have what she expected, not Alfredo pasta without the Alfredo sauce and that mine was burnt. He apologized again and said that he would give me a piece of cake for my birthday and that he would take the pasta off the bill, he explained again. He apologized to me again and asked if there was anything that I did like about the meal. I told him that the only thing that was good was the ribs.
On the bill for the 2 Alfredo Pasta plates that Katarina and I ordered was just a little over 28 dollars off the lunch bill. I learned something today.. I learned that my youngest daughter in her professional manner, was growing up. I learned today that she has the capacity to hold her own and that she was able to make a point without losing her temper. I learned today that my Little Love, my Baby Girl, is now grown up. I have learned today that my daughter, is turning out to be quite a young lady. A young lady that I can be proud of, a young lady that is impressive, knows what she wants and goes after it, a young lady that has standards and wants those standards met. I learned today, that I am now entering a new world, a new level of a relationship with my daughter. I learned today, as I learn to let her go as a little girl.. That she will blossom into the beautiful, young lady that she is becoming. A young woman.. That I need to learn to accept and learn to embrace, as I learn to let the little girl go.. Wow.. your time as a parent is just a moment.. but your time as a Mother is a lifetime.. A new concept to learn to embrace.. to learn to accept.. to learn to appreciate..
I am very proud of you my sweet, young daughter.. Katarina. Little Love, you are growing and slipping out of my fingers and today I sat in awe of you as I watched in unfold right before my eyes.
*My Thoughts For Today*