Alternatives Inc. is an organization that helps women, children, and men who have lost the safety of home - victims of family violence. It is unfortunate that the need exists in the first place, but thank goodness Alternatives is there for Madison County.
Alternatives cannot eradicate domestic violence without help from the community. There are opportunities to help financially or to donate supplies or used cell phones. When I looked through the list of ‘needed items’ on the Alternatives website, my gut wrenched when I saw the words ‘sippy cups’ and ‘childrens clothes’.
Yes, there are people in Madison County who need help. And some of them are very small people.
So when I was asked to help serve food at a fundraiser for Alternatives (at the Texas Roadhouse “Tips Day”) I said “OK then.” Even as I agreed to do it, I knew I was probably a threat to the whole project. I am not a good candidate for restaurant servership. Something is bound to get dropped, spilled, incinerated, dumped or at best ... forgotten.
New experiences make me nervous. And when I get nervous I swing and miss the ball every time.
I could almost hear the sound of a bat cutting air as I agonized over my stint as a waitress in advance of the event. If my contribution to Alternatives was going to be tips for my service - well, my tips were going to amount to a lot of advice from customers jotted in lipstick on greasy napkins. Things like ... “Don’t give up your day job!” Possibly some bad words, with exclamation marks. Or frowny faces with expressive eyebrows.
But when the big day arrived I showed up for training a little early. I wore my Aqua Systems nametag and shirt with the Aqua Systems logo so it was clear which company I was bringing shame upon. A Roadhouse manager handed me a small notebook, an apron and a pen. A group of trainees followed a man around the restaurant as he briefly explained how things worked.