Lessons learned from Nick

Is it possible?

Last night Arden, Nick and I went to a wonderful Mexican restaurant on Alki Point in West Seattle.  I have been there many times for business lunches and I am always intrigued with the exciting and varied meal options.  It is not your typical Seattle area Mexican restaurant menu.

As we were settling in, and I looked over the menu in anticipation, a horrible thought crossed my mind. “Oh no, what will Nick like here.”  As I have mentioned before, Nick can be pretty set in his ways including what he wants to eat.  I didn’t see anything on the menu that I thought he would like.  I was worried.  He looked at me and said, “What they have, I have a taco?”  A taco to Nick is called a burrito by everyone else.  I didn’t see one on the menu.  So I said, “well, let me see.” and I began to read some menu item descriptions to him.  After each one I read, he asked, “What else they have?”  Which in Nick speak, means I don’t want that, find something else.  I was more than a little concerned.  We were meeting friends for dinner and if Nick is not happy with his meal, it can be quite awkward to hold conversations because he will loudly interrupt everyone to talk about what he is upset about.

Fortunately the server was walking by and I caught her attention.  She asked, “Can I help you?”  I told her what Nick was looking for to eat, and asked her if they had something similar on the menu, or if the chef would be willing to make what Nick wanted.  She thought for a moment and said, “I think the burrito on our children’s menu would be perfect.”  I didn’t even know that they had a children’s menu.  She was right it was perfect.

Again I was reminded that if I am willing to ask  questions, typically I can get what I am looking for.  Matthew 7:7 in the Bible reminds us, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

Nick absolutely loved his taco and the dinner conversation was very pleasant.  We all received what we were looking for.

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