Mrs. Applebee wanted to thank the people who worked for her by treating them to lunch last week. Mrs. Applebee said she wanted everyone to come but bought food that several, because of dietary reasons, could not eat. (She was very aware of the special needs of her invited guests.)
Tim is one of the employees on a restricted diet. Mrs. Applebee, who never speaks to this man passed him in the hall, stopped in her tracks and said, "Were you able to find anything to eat?" When the man said, "No" Mrs. Applebee said, "Sorry." I don't know if Tim saw the smile on her lips and the laughter in her eyes when she said that word, but I did. Both of them continued walking in opposite directions.
I've been to many parties and luncheons in the past and the host or hostess always went out of his/her way to make sure every guest would be provided for. Not one ever displayed the look I saw on Mrs. Applebee's face. To add to her delight, Mrs. Applebee e-mailed everyone who worked for her with the message "I hope you all enjoyed the lunch I provided for you."