It is a travesty when you consider the last pictures shared today, the distortion of darkness by light. I am grateful when we consider the images. All are from Kuala Lumpur. I had the opportunity over a year to spend a lot of time in Kuala Lumpur. There were side trips as well to Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia (and Thailand). I feel the most Gratitude for the side trip to Thailand. I could wander Thailand for the rest of my life and be happy. The simple pleasures, the enjoyment of the food, the people, and the memories that flow when I am in that Land of Smiles reminds me, helps me, guides me to the smile within myself. It is not always there, that smile.
That trip allowed me to share an act of kindness with my mother and her dear friend. To use the tricks, my grandfather had taught me many years before. If you want the check to come to you, tip the server before the meal starts. Don’t do it in a way that is easily seen. Then the others at the table, if they are smart, can do the same thing, just increasing the amount so that the check instead comes to them! My grandfather taught me the money handshake. Where you palm the money, and as you shake the servers hand, you pass them the money, saying to them in a way that the rest of the table can’t hear, the check comes to me! It works, but my mother knew her father’s tricks.
That would not have been efficient, so I had to think of a more interesting way, a unique way that would let me pay for the meal. I told my mother and her friend that I was going to get a refreshing, fresh mango juice. Not that it was a con, because I was going to get the juice either way. But I stopped our server and handed them the pre-tip, bring me the check tip. Then I put my credit card into my pocket so that it was accessible. When you want to be the one that gets the check, you have to be ready and fast. Needless to say, my plan worked. I enjoyed my mango juice, and at the end of the meal, as my mom and her friend reached down to grab their purses, I haded the credit card to the server and paid for lunch!
(the challenge words are all in bold)!