UnderCover Waitress: Blast From the Past

Friday, December 16, 2011

Blast From the Past

The Deja Vu Blogfest is today, December 16! Participating bloggers are reposting some of their best work. You can access a list of links to all of the entries at Cruising Altitude 2.0

I did not become serious about blogging until January, 2011. Since then, Under Cover Waitress seems to have taken off with over 52,000 page views to date. However, there is one, lone post from way back when in April of 2010. At the time, I was toying with starting a blog, and wrote about my memory of starting at the little restaurant.

Please enjoy "An Unlikely Waitress."


I have always done things my own way. I turned vegetarian at 16 years of age and my omnivorous parents accommodated me. I attended a highly respected university and majored in theater arts. I earned a professional license by presenting a portfolio to a review board (most people study in school for it). 

Unlike many parents today, I refused to put my babies in daycare. I budgeted to the penny and we went without a lot of luxuries that other people call "necessities." That was my way.

When pennies got too tight even for us, my way of going back to work was to work opposite hours as my husband so that one of us was always home with the children. What better place to do that than in a restaurant? A restaurant is busiest when "normal" people are not at work; for example, dinnertime and weekends. 

With my two young children in tow, I wandered into the nicest, most expensive restaurant in my small, New England town. It was a warm Spring day, late enough to be after the lunch rush with plenty of time left before the dinner shift. I smiled at the two ladies at the front who greeted me; they turned out to be the manager and the hostess. I asked if by any chance they were hiring for weekends only. The manager looked me over for a quick second, then said "Yes." 

I didn't start at the bottom, and I didn't work in a series of dives or chain restaurants. I got a waitress job my way.


  1. Good for you! My hubby and I also work opposite hours so we never had to put our kids in day care. It's been tough, but now they both are in school full time and it all paid off.
    I also waited tables for many years during my 20s, so of course the title of your blog caught my eye. One of my BFFs from college actually runs her own restaurant now,which is pretty cool considering we waited tables together for a long time.:)

  2. Yay! I love hearing from other parents who found ways to keep the little ones at home. :-)

    Also, that is very cool about your friend with the restaurant. Let's face it, restaurant work can be extremely addicting!

  3. It's great to see you taking things on your own terms.

  4. What a great story. When I waited tables I worked with a few moms who found waiting tables to be the best way to bring in money and still be there for their kids.

  5. Good for you for doing it your way. It worked!

    Thanks so much for joining the Blogfest!

  6. How cool is that, getting hired in a good restaurant right off the bat? Yay for you. Waitressing is hard work, so if you can get decent tips, you deserve them. Kudos to you for staying home with your kids.

  7. That is so cool!!!

    I also became a vegetarian as a child, it was the best decision ever :)

  8. Nice re-post! And so nice to meet you through this blogfest!

  9. Thanks for all the lovely comments, guys! :-) Will be winding down from extremely busy week as the weekend ends, and am looking forward to reading lots of new blogs from the blogfest. Glad I happened upon it.

  10. My wife operates a travel agency from our home, so no day care necessary for us either. Its awesome when you can make that work, but I feel for those who no matter how many pennies they pinch, day care is a necessity.

    Thank you for participating in our blogfest, and I'm really pleased to meet you!

  11. I'm a new follower visiting from the DejaVu Blogfest. Nice to meet you!


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