She sat under a dome of snowy, perfectly coiffed hair staring at her credit card slip and bill. A red jacket covering a sunny blouse looked pressed. Her fingers, twisted and white, like exposed roots, held the pen poised in the air. She maintained this pose for a while and I wasn’t sure if she was confused. She had come alone, without the care of a nurse, which so many of the elderly customers at The Pie Shoppe had in attendance, so she must have been capable.
I passed her table and she looked up. “Thank you for giving me the senior discount,” she said, her voice musical and soft.
She mistook me for her server. I didn’t wait on her and her server was on break. “You’re welcome,” I said.
“I take the senior discount so I can turn it around and add it to your tip. I want you to have it.”
“Oh! Thank you. That’s very nice of you. Not every one does that.”
“Well, it’s nice to be able to do it.” She placed the papers carefully into the bill book and handed it to me with eyes that sparkled under their rheumy glaze.