"Over Xmas I went to Dough to meet up with some friends I've not seen for years, Pixie in tow. I'd told her already that they do pizza in a Mickey Mouse shape so she was SUPER excited. As we sat down she asked our waiter (in the pics) for a Mickey Mouse pizza and some spicy juice (fizzy water) and some crayons please please please! I'm gossiping away with my buds and Pixie says, 'mummy, where's that beautiful man gone?' Her words not mine!
We all laughed and I told her he would be back soon with her pizza.
This dude walks to our table with Pixies pizza, crayons and spicy juice, her face lights up as he puts the pizza in front of her, until she realizes it needs to be cut up. 'Can you cut it up please?' She says, so I start cutting up her pizza...
'Mummy no! I want the beautiful man to do it!' So he does it even though I apologize and say he absolutely doesn't need to, he cuts up Pixies pizza into tiny pieces. He even cuts up the bigger bits when Pixie points out that they are not "pixie sized" enough, and checks with her that they are all ok before he goes. This guy came back to check on Pixie every 10 minutes. By this point he's not even our waiter anymore. The place is getting busy, yet he comes back just to tell her how brilliant her colouring is - perfect timing! (she's about to have a meltdown because she went over the lines...)
All this time my food is going cold, I've barely spoken to my friends whilst I've been picking up crayons and making sure she's eating all her perfectly sized pizza, low and behold over comes this hero who seemed to sense my hunger (perfect timing again!) and asks Pixie if she would like to eat with him at the next table. If she didn't already think he was wonderful enough, he then produces a bowl of ice cream and sits with her talking about her day while she gets ice cream EVERYWHERE. He laughs at her silly faces and doesn't once complain at the mess.
It might not seem like a lot, but that 10 minutes with my friends was heavenly. My food was still hot (ish!), no drinks got spilt which is a record, all toddler meltdowns were avoided, and most of all my little girl had the biggest smile on her face all night. So Thank you to the waiter at dough, for taking my 2 year old on her first date,
Thank you for letting a busy mum have her dinner in peace. Thank you for making sure my little one felt like a Princess, and Thank you for going above and beyond your job for a little girl who you've never met before. In this miserable time there are still people who make the world a better place, even if it's just for 10 minutes at a time."
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