My valentines quartet drove by an Applebees and I realized we had a little time, so I suggested we stop and sing to the manager. She used to be the night manager at another restaurant where we held our afterglow. She was right at the registration desk when we walked in and she playfully said "Oh, is someone sending ME a valentine?" When I told her yes, that the quartet was choosing to sing to her she said to wait a moment and she called most of her employees to the front. It included the wait staff, the bar staff and some of the kitchen staff and it put her customers on hold. Someone video'd while we sang and the customers paid attention to this unusual event too. When we finished she gave each of us a hug and the whole place erupted in applause. You just cannot plan a magical moment like that.
Keith Eckhardt for the Group Therapy quartet
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