People you can look back on and they make you smile

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  1. Sklar

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    I was thinking about this the other day. Every now and then you interact with someone over a long period of time and you don't really realize just how much of an impact that person had on you. Lately, I've been thinking of Margarita. For no real reason except the thought makes me smile.

    Let me tell you why.

    When I was in college back in Alaska, I was managing a Taco Bell. One day, I was making the schedule for the week when a grandmother and her grandson came to the counter and asked to speak to me.

    I went to introduce myself and the grandson asks me why we haven't put his grandmother on the schedule. I told him because she doesn't work here. At that point the store manager comes up from the back and tells me that she had hired the grandmother, Margarita, two weeks ago and forgot to inform me.

    So there I stand with egg on my face. Margarita stood at 5'6" had white, loosely curled hair and an infectious smile. She also spoke zero English. That didn't bother me because everyone else on the closing shift, which I was the manager of, did.

    It was also very fortuitous that she showed up when she did because I was short one closer. SCORE!

    So I put her to work that night and she quickly developed into a full time employee for the following reasons:

    1) She showed up!

    2) She wanted to be there.

    3) She NEVER complained.

    All she wanted to do was clean.

    And, man, was she ever good at it.

    Which brings me to the memory of Margarita that makes me smile.

    It was the 4th of July. It was the busiest day my store had EVER seen. We were basically a Taco Bell Express at the end of a strip mall. We were not a full line store. That day we had exceeded the days projection by 100%! We made over $4400 dollars on a day that we were only projected to do around $2000.00. Needless to say, we were busy!

    I spent about two hours calling other Taco Bells coordinating transfers of stock and food so that we wouldn't run out. By the time we closed at 2 AM every pot and pan in my store was dirty and piled in the back. You could barely walk into the kitchen area because the dishes were piled all over. Not only that, the three sinks we had were also piled up, too.

    Let me clarify the three sinks, each sink was 3 feet wide by 3 feel long by 3 feet deep. You go Wash, Rinse and Sanatize. And each of them were filled with dirty dishes.

    I told Juan to tell Margarita that as soon as I was done with my paperwork I would be back there to help her out. Paperwork is fairly standard so I was done in about 45 minutes. So I walk into the back to help Margarita and stop in my tracks.

    SHE WAS FINISHING UP THE LAST DISH AS I WALKED AROUND THE CORNER!!!!!

    I was floored. I called Juan back to ask her how she was able to do all those dishes so quickly. Juan asked. Margarita answered. Juan said that she found the best scrub brush that she had ever seen and just went to town on the dirty dishes.

    I'm scratching my head trying to figure out what scrub brush she is talking about because all Taco Bell has was the thin green scrub pads. So I ask him to ask her to show me the scrub brush.

    So she smiles that infectious smile of hers and reaches into the soapy water of the first sink and pulls out the scrub brush.

    And my jaw almost hits the floor. Juans, too.

    She was holding a toilet brush! I couldn't help myself. I just started to laugh and laugh hard. As Juan tells her what the brush is really for her smile slips from her face and I just laugh even more. Juan is trying not to laugh, too.

    Margarita starts to speak very fast and even I, with my crappy Spanish, can tell that she is trying to apologize. I finally stop laughing and tell her that it's all right.

    Between Margarita, myself and Juan, we were able to get all the dishes that Margarita originally cleaned rewashed, cleaned and resanitzed in just over an hour and 15 minutes.

    To this day, the memory of Margarita holding up the toilet brush as a scrub brush and the sheer excitement she had in her smile still brings a smile to my face.

    So, Margarita, this thread's for you!
     
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    OMG Sklar- that is soooo sweet, I have now started sniffling like a baby- I can just see her face and I didnt even know her! She would probably be so embarrassed, yet honoured. :)
     
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    OK, people, this thread is open for everyone who has that one person who makes them smile.

    Let's hear YOUR stories!
     
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    The gorgeous blonde petite big breasted 29 year old R.N. Pamela how used to bang my 16 - 17 year old orderly ass all over the hospital.
     
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    Sassy girl are you pmsing today? Cause each post I have read of yours today you are crying. I ask cause I get the same way too. :tongue:
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    My list is long, there are lots of people who made/make me smile. I'll think about it and get back to ya.
     
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    Valerie--- for all the reasons! Yes, the sex was incredible, but it was the long discussions in between that were filled with such depth. We would have married had time and circumstances been different. I smile because of the memory of how she made me feel and think.
     
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    There are 2 people who any time I think of them I get a big happy grin
    One was a teacher back in High School who took time from his busy schedule to help me out on many things and also wrote a good recommendation for the college I went to, I talk to him on the telephone a few times a year still

    Yet another is a friend I have known for most of my life He always comes through at times of crisis even though many times he seems very distant and hard to reach in thoughts When I think of the times I have had a difficult time in something I smile when I know he has always been there.
     
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    One teacher at a school I went to in fourth grade was really nice to me and liked me, and she wasn't even my teacher, and I can't remember her name. (nor my 4th grade teacher's name)
     
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    Her name was JoAnne. She was an older co-worker when I was a sewing machine mechanic, who was *really* extra nice to me. That was during my extremely nihilistic age 24. She certainly changed my life. She moved to Washington D.C.
     
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    Matthew. Seeing him pop online, puts a smile on my face. One cannot ask for a sweeter person, he is an awesome role model, and I love him to pieces as a friend. Although his has not gone anywhere, I am still very much smiling when I talk to him.
    Thanks Matty :)
     
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