Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tiej Teets of Olive Garden 1103

This is Tiej receiving an award at our meeting.

I pulled Tiej aside and photographed him. I think he enjoyed it as much as I did.

Tiej in the last couple months, was hired at the Olive Garden, in Brea, where I work. He has HFA. When Tiej was hired, we didn't quite get along that well, I think we hit it off to a rocky start. Then again, from what I hear, I make terrible first impressions on people, so I guess it makes sense. When Tiej began working at Olive Garden, his first task was opening the door for people, which is absolutely as boring as it sounds, I know because I've done it many times! So he would stand and open the door as people came and went, and you could tell he was bored because he would be thinking about something else and then not notice that people were opening the doors for themselves. I think the managers realized that he was unhappy being the door man, so they had everyone train him to seat the East side. After a couple weeks of that he learned to seat the West side. Now he can seat the entire restaurant.

Tiej and I work great together now. We have a special handshake called the Jellyfish. and I can make him laugh when he gets upset with me. He's always giving me hugs!

The other day I went into work and I was opening like I normally do, checking to see if everything was stocked. After I finished all my work, I decided to eat breakfast. While I was eating, I looked over and noticed Tiej was helping the bussers put away all the wine glasses. They didn't even ask him to help, he just did it and he wasn't even on the clock yet.

He really loves his job. One time I even ask him "how do you like this job" and he puffed up his shoulders so he was standing up straight and he said, "I love my job!" It was really wonderful.

I suppose I have learned this from Tiej, find what you love and do it.


PrettyYummyThings said...

the greatest lesson ever taught by life experience."Find what you love and do it".

Butterfly Landing said...

Thank you for your photo story and your personal verbal perspective. I have a younger cousin with Down's, and everyone in the family always treated her the same as the other siblings. Therefore, Holly learned to play T-ball, cheerlead, crochet, swim, and scrap along with the rest of us. She holds down a job and is a credit to society and a joy in the family. It seems to me that every larger family group has at least one extra-special person to enrich their lives. Thanks for taking the time to enjoy Tiej Teets.

Dianne Teets said...

Would like to personally "thank you" for making my grandson Tiej Teets part of your website. I was lucky enough to visit with him the other day (I live in Las Vegas)and his mother told me about it. He has been the one bright spot in my life since he was born. I'm glad you have gotten to know him. Ever since he was younger he always said he wanted to work. I comend the Olive Garden for giving him the opportunity to work and to let others experience his warmth and great smile. I'm so very proud of him.

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