It's been rainy and dismal all day, and this has made me feel tired and weary. Blah.
I'm not going to talk about what I did today because nothing too spectacular happened. Emails and packaging up Dandy Memberships to be mailed out. That's all.
I will, instead, talk about several things that have occupied my mind for awhile. Where do I start? Swiss Chalet, I suppose.
Bruce, Brittainy, and I had arranged to meet there last Wednesday at 5pm. I got there five minutes early, went inside, and waited to be noticed. A server with poofy hair asked if I wanted a table. I pointed to Yes on my communication board. He seemed a bit confused with my mode of communication but he understood my meaning. I pointed to 3 on my board and looked the server right in the eye, hoping that he would understand that I wanted a table for three. After a few seconds, he did understand.
I was shown to a table, and waited for Bruce and Brittainy to arrive. When they did show up and we began to order our meals, I was shocked and dismayed that the same server I had previously interacted with was now blatantly ignoring me. "What would she like?" he kept asking both Bruce and Brittainy.
I felt angry, humiliated, and frustrated! What's wrong with some people? Why can't they treat me just like anybody else? Obviously, the server had seen that I could comprehend and communicate very well. Why couldn't he have just spoken to me to me directly?
What is interesting, though, is that before this negative experience I had three positive experiences at three different restaurants: Hot House, Sambuca, and Cafe California. All three servers treated me with respect by talking with me, inquiring about which meal I wanted and my specifications - and just generally treating me like a human being!
I had felt genuinely pleased and surprised by the positive attiitudes of the three servers. And yet, I then thought how sad it was that this was the exception instead of the norm.
However, maybe one day it will be ....