Anniversary dinners are supposed to be special — a night to remind you and your loved one to appreciate what you've got.
But on the night Makenzie Schultz and husband Steven toasted their sixth anniversary, they ended up spreading some love to their waiter. The couple decided to have sushi in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for their big night — but things didn't go as planned, according to a 2014 "Today" report.
To put it nicely, it was a night to remember ... waiting. First, it was 20 minutes to get water, then 40 minutes for the appetizer and an hour for the main event, "Today" notes.
Amid the waiting, Makenzie writes in her Facebook post, "People all around us were making fun of the restaurant & how bad the service was." But this couple noticed something else: Their waiter "was running around like crazy and never acted annoyed with any table. At one point we counted he had 12 tables plus the bar. More than any one person could handle!"
And then it kicks in: the compassion. Makenzie and Steven talk about how it used to be them who had to wait tables for a living. They agreed they should let their waiter know they understood what he was going through.
The result? A mighty fine tip and a sweet reminder to all of us "to think of the entire situation, before you judge. And always always always remember where you came from."
Now that's something to celebrate.