The kindness of a waitress gave a mother and her teething toddler peace during a meal.
Jessica Ibarra’s 18-month-old son, Dominic, was teething, fussy and generally having a rough day. As Dominic felt the brunt of the pain caused by various teeth coming in, he was irritable, excessively crying, and waking up at night.
Dominic felt better after Jessica gave him a soft pancake at Cafe Republic in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jessica shared, “Took my baby to Cafe Republic Fort Worth, Texas, for breakfast this morning.” “He’s teething, so I thought pancakes might help.”
Dominic tried climbing around to different tables at the restaurant still feeling irritated.
Trying to climb all over the place, he was being super fussy. I was worried about him bothering other guests, so I asked for the bill without touching my food.”
Since she didn’t want to bother any other customers, Jessica thought packing up their food and going home would be the best option. However, as she was getting ready to leave, Laura Zaku, her server, stopped by.
Jessica wrote, “Started packing up and hurrying out.”. The server asked if she could help. (I thought she meant to box up my food.) Instead, she picked him up and said, “I will hold him, so you can feed yourself.”. Mama, eat. I know you probably won’t get the chance to. I have been there!’”
After Laura comforted Dominic for 5 to 10 minutes, he “melted”, and Jessica was able to relax and eat.
As soon as he was in her arms, he stopped fussing. I had a few minutes to eat without wrestling a toddler. There are no words to describe how much that meant to me. The servers are amazing. It is incredible what moms do. it takes a village.”
Later, Laura shared that, as a mom, she understands what it’s like to have difficult days, which is why she helped Jessica and Dominic that day.
I’m here to relieve you so you can eat,” Laura remembered saying. “I said, ‘I’ve been there, I’m a mom myself, let’s do this together.'” We’ll do it together. You’ll eat, and I’ll hold him.”
“It’s just my mother in me.”
Laura’s actions for Dominic and Jessica touched thousands of hearts.
“Thank you so much for sharing! We used to live near that restaurant. “I have an autistic son and they have always been very kind to us despite all of our sounds and commotion,” Missi K. said.
She is a queen among waitresses. “God bless all of you for taking a breath, finding a way to help each other,” said Lisa.
“I’m in love with this. I don’t have a toddler yet, but I have a 4.5 month old who can be very fussy sometimes. Raven A shared, “I only recently learned it takes a village.”.
“After eight years of being a homemaker, I took a serving job when I suddenly became a single mother of two with a third on the way. I had the most amazing connection to other moms who just wanted a moment to enjoy hot food. It’s impossible for me to tell you how many babies, toddlers, and even bigger kids I entertained so mom could have five minutes to herself. I helped them as much as they helped me. My sole income allowed me to survive and support my kids for almost two years. I was sometimes asked when I would get a “real job”. Serving is the most fulfilling job you’ll ever have. With a decade in the industry, I’m proud to see my daughter take her first restaurant job at 16 and continue the tradition!!!” wrote Abbey M.
She is such a sweet lady! God’s angel on earth. Bonnie D. wrote, “There are more out there than you might think.”.