The restaurant check.

Guest: …

Server: (drops check) I’m just going to leave this here. No rush. Absolutely NOT a ticking time bomb. Consider it akin to the gift of a plant: it will certainly need attention at some point, eventually, but not right away and certainly not too much. Please continue to enjoy yourselves, stopping only occasionally to admire it but never letting it consume your thoughts the way your meal did. Think of it like a beautiful alarm clock, politely back of mind but never actually needing to be snoozed. 

Guest: Thank you. 

Server: You’re welcome, I’ll be right back. 

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