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The Perkin’s ambassador


As I am enjoying my scrambled eggs and crisp bacon while reading The Denver Post on a Friday morning at Perkins Restaurant, I cannot help but overhear the banter between the waitress and the older couple sitting in the next booth.

While not intending to “listen in” on their conversation, I observe how chipper and friendly the waitress is not only with this couple, but everyone with whom she has contact. Her upbeat demeanor really caught my attention and so I continued to observe her going about her waitress duties. The more I heard her snippets of conversation with different age customers, the more she struck me as “Perkin’s Ambassador.”


Let’s face it; waitressing is not the easiest job or the most rewarding normally. Dealing with the public is truly a “mixed bag” as I recall from my city government career. Some people are open and cheery and others would just soon be left alone and don’t want to chit chat.

Well, Sarah the waitress has a positive comment for everyone and willing to converse about a wide assortment of topics. The twinkle in her eye and bounce in her step further amplify her positive disposition.

Oh, and did I mention the good service she provides checking regularly to see if the customer needs another pot of coffee or are the eggs to your liking?


So, what’s the point of this op-ed column? It isn’t about Gov. Christie’s cheap remarks about marijuana in Colorado or the interesting polling results on the Colorado U.S. Senate race. It is about everyday life of one individual and how she is the “Perkin’s Ambassador.” Sarah makes a difference. She puts a little “sunshine” in her customers’ lives. She greets the day in a positive attitude. And I would add that she makes those who she comes in contact with a little more happy. Plus, it is quite obvious that she enjoys her work!

It amazes me that she has been doing this work at Perkins Restaurant at 88th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard for 17 years. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone enjoyed their job like Sarah does.


There is a lesson for all of us in Sarah’s approach to her job. I eat out a fair amount and I seldom come across a waitress or waiter who spreads a “little joy” with the customers to the extent which she does. If each of us in our own way would “walk in Sarah’s shoes,” wouldn’t it be a better place to live? It would be better from both the standpoint of us “the giver” as well as being “the receiver.”

It’s the little things that matter in our daily lives. Growing up in Missouri watching black and white television, I remember a regular TV program called “The Christopher Movement.” (Gosh, why would I remember that particular show?) The show always ended with their theme---“if everyone lit just one little candle, what a bright world this would be.” For sure, Sarah, the “Perkin’s Ambassabor”, carries a lit candle every day and I for one thank her for doing so.


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