We get several odd requests from guests groups (like gallons of ice). A frequent request is a number to order pizza. However, no pizza place will drive out to deliver to us. It seems that our beautiful Michigan getaway is just too far from off the beaten path for the typical pizza joint.
So there I was, sitting at the front desk at around 10:30pm with a guest asking about pizza. I gave her the unfortunate let down and offered to print directions to nearby fast food joints, but nothing else would do. She had to have pizza! Finally I reluctantly told her about some leftover pizza we had available in our kitchen.
“It’s not too good, and we will have to microwave it”
I told her, trying to persuade her against the late night snack. She lit up with joy! She was even willing to pay for a repulsive reheated slice. I refused payment and took her room number and topping choices for her and her roommate. Our intern, Brad, and I went to work getting the pizza ready.
“I feel so awful”
I told him.
“We work so hard to make Miracle Camp food great, and here we are serving reheated pizza”
He suggested a slightly different plan and we went to work. About ten minutes later we were knocking at room 209 with a dining room tray covered with our best napkins. a flower centerpiece from the dining hall, our best, most beautiful plates (with flowers on them), two sweet teas, and four greasy hot pieces of sausage pizza.
When the door opened the women were thrilled! They were so happy to have their pizza and drinks too that they tipped us with two chocolate buckeyes. We all had a good laugh about it. I thought that was the last I would hear about the pizza. Little did I know that I had just delivered pizza to the door of the weekend speaker. Within a few hours the entire camp was buzzing about the story.
I guess you could say the moral of the story is that no matter your ability, people will appreciate your best effort… and even sausage pizza at 10:30 can be a good thing.
So perhaps you should rethink making us some beard hats… just give it your best effort.
Frank Colarusso -Assistant Program Director