Mother's Day: My Name Is Dawn & I'll Be Your Server on the Busiest Day of the Year by Dawn Taylor
I am going to work on Mother's Day. Me. A mother who works hard all year. I have worked in restaurants since I was 18 years old. As a side job the money can't be beat. From being a struggling college student to a struggling single mother, being a server has always come through when I need extra cash.
Mother's Day is traditionally the busiest day of the year. I can't turn down the chance to make the awesome tips. Living in a small town, everyone knows me so there are usually some sympathy tips. I am sure they are thinking, “Poor thing, she has to work on Mother's Day” (and yes, I will take those tips graciously), but the thing is when you work in the restaurant business the money is best on special days. I work them all, New Year's Eve, Easter, etc., because when the getting is good I am going to get it.
For every busy day there are many more slow days in an unpredictable business. My kids have learned that we will celebrate later, and it is just the way it is. Instead of brunch or lunch we will have a wonderful dinner together. At another restaurant. I wonder who my server will be. I bet they, too, choose to be there and I will tip them generously.