Today there was a cute little family of three enjoying the car parade from their own private viewing stand (the corner counter of In-N-Out Burgers in Cedar Park). They caught me off guard, but I recovered my manners and managed to smile and nod at them as I passed by--but, shockingly, I failed to think of showing off Bandit until I was rounding the corner. (I say shockingly because I LOVE to show The BaldOne Boy off every chance I get.) I didn't think it was safe to back up, so I did the unthinkable--I rolled through the drive-thru again! (For anyone unfamiliar with the In-N-Out Drive-thru, it's notoriously long--in southern California last summer I waited at least half and hour--the line was backed up into the street for a block--and it was 10pm! I couldn't imagine a lunch-time rush.)
When I told the little girl standing outside to take the orders of those of us not dinning in, what I was up to, she thought I was the one being sweet.
The boy at the pay window gave me a thumbs up after he verified I was the "roll-through." And the girl at the pick-up window had a second cup of ice ready for me. I guess she didn't get the message, or maybe she thought I needed more ice.
As I waited to inch forward, I had plenty of time to contemplate my actions. I began to wonder if my little Family would still be there. And then I started thinking how presumptuous I was--they may not be dog-people. Or they might not be interested in seeing a dog as unique as Bandit. What would they think? Would they even still be there?! Why didn't I think to ask Order Taker Girl if she could get a message to them to wait until the I arrived (without ruining my surprise for them.)
As they came into view they smiled and waved. Then they laughed as their faces registered recognition. I motioned for them to wait, then called Bandit to the front seat with me. The look of surprize on the little boys face was followed by pure joy as he bounced up and down in his seat. His reaction made the wait worth it. He was truly appreciative. His Mother mouthed "Thank You" to me and even the diners sitting behind them joined in the waving.
Everyone loves a parade--especially me when I get to roll in it!