A Great Birthday!
My middle son, William, turned 8 today, Memorial Day, May 30th! How could I make my boy's day special? He is such a good kid and deserving of some extra special attention. I am a teacher and end of the school year events had me frazzled and unimaginative. I planned last minute. I knew that most of his friends would likely be at the beach for the weekend but thought maybe I could gather a couple of friends for movie and lunch. I sent out an email to a dozen friends hoping to get lucky and we were very happy and a little overwhelmed when 40 people responded they would like to come!
We wanted to include everyone but where could we fit this group for lunch and how would I pay for it!?! I went on-line (this was May 28th) and decided to order platters from the Chick-fil-A at the food court in Westshore Mall - downstairs from the AMC theater. Within minutes of sending the on-line order, the manager called me. When I told him of my large group, and my state of overwhelm, he told me that he would make sure tables were reserved in the food court. We came from the movie and to my surprise and delight; I saw a ribboned-off area set with red clothed tables, plates, napkins, balloons and party favors for all the kids and their siblings! A polite server assisted during the entire party and just when I thought it couldn't get any better...out came the Chick-fil-A Cow! The kids went wild! We enjoyed delicious wrap sandwiches, chicken nuggets and waffle fries. I brought along a cake and the server remembered the candles AND a lighter...then offered free ice cream!
We were a joyous spectacle in the middle of the mall! William was thrilled! This was the best party EVER! The staff refused our offer of gratuity and helped us pack up leftovers at the end. I am writing this to express my most sincere thanks to the manager, server and volunteer "cow" today at Westshore Mall. This working Mom could cry with gratitude! Chick-fil-A embraced my family today. THANK YOU!