Just A Little Thought

March 12, 2011

Today, my whole family was in Bellingham at Western Washington University for National History Day. We were there for 8, excruciatingly long hours. We went to Red Robin after the competition and were waited on by a very nice young man named Andy. He made conversation with us, asked about our fancy attire and inquired if we had a nice day. He brought out our drinks in a timely manner and made sure we were doing well through the entire meal. My dad realized, after eating half his burger, that there was a sheet of paper between the cheese and the meat. Andy took full responsibility for this and apologized immensely, promising to get my dad an entirely new meal on the house. My dad decided he’d rather have a salad, which Andy took care of right away. He brought us refills without us having to ask. This all happening while also waiting 4 other tables. My dad gave him a big tip and shook his hand on the way out. He told us that he thought Andy was a good, hard-working kid who seemed to get the short end of the stick a lot. Later that night, I went on Facebook and commented on a few things of my friend’s who goes to Western. Upon returning to my home page, I saw his face! Andy’s profile was in my “suggested friends” box, probably because I was talking to one of our mutual friends. I clicked on his profile out of curiosity and saw that he was gay. Yep. That nice, funny, considerate, respectful, hard-working young man is gay. Now one thing you should know is that my dad is pretty much homophobic. I found this so interesting; with no indication of his sexual orientation, my dad was fine with Andy- praised him, even, for his hard work. Now, had my dad known Andy was homosexual, he probably would’ve requested a different waiter. I think it’s the most remarkable thing that something as trivial as sexual orientation can elicit such different attitudes from people. Andy’s just a normal guy, just like everyone else. Look at everyone through the same colored lenses and there will be peace.