I’ll post our “haul” tomorrow. Today, I have to say that I have been overwhelmed by generosity in ways that I don’t know that we deserve. Last night we went to Willows as is our Saturday night ritual. When we get there, we’re greeted with a chorus of “Happy Anniversary.” We see our seats at the bar and there are candles, with rose petals, a bouquet of fresh flowers and two glow stick swords. The swords were a bit weird but Kelly Bone knew we would play with them and we did, so it was a nice touch. There was a card that everyone had signed waiting there, too.
They had done the specials board to show that it was our anniversary and we even had our own “His and Hers” menu: an appetizer, a salmon dish for her and a steak dish for me, and a dessert. The nightly drink special was even named “Merry Berry Beeman.” They know us so well that they knew what we’d want to eat; what to add, leave off and down to how we like it cooked.
I talk about “family” a lot. I have many families. I have my immediate family and my extended blood family. I have my “TLD family.” I have my friends. I have my “Willows Family.” There are plenty of reasons, I think I said almost 4000 of them as to why I call Willows my #1 restaurant and most of them are food and service related but there are a lot of reasons that I can think of that are the people. Kelly, Ryan, Lucy, Brent, Terrell, Sheldon, Brandy, Tab, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Tim, Lorie, and Chef Travis – who Facetimed via Ryan from Disney World to tell us Happy Anniversary. And, thanks to Will and Norb for having such a fantastic place to want to eat every Saturday night. And did I mention that the staff seemed as excited to put it on as we were to receive it? Amazing.
I’ll be honest, I cried about seven times. I’m not ashamed. It was overwhelming, as I said before. The funny thing was, though, that people were trying to order our “specials” all night long and it wasn’t available. Ah… I love my Willows family. Okay, I’ll let you back to your Sunday without me throwing the anniversary in your face. And yes, I know this wasn’t exactly “silent.”
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“This is only for you guys. No one else can order this…” – Kelly Bone