Archives for June 2015

Wisdom from What Our Mamas Taught Us – Tip the Breakfast Waitress Well

Linda Seger is an international story coach, script and screenplay consultant. This is the story behind an inspirational quote in her book, What Our Mamas Taught Us.

“Always tip the breakfast waitress well.  She’s gotten up very early and often is raising children and struggling, but she doesn’t get the big tips the waiters get at night.”

By Mama Agnes Seger from Linda Seger’s book, What Our Mamas Taught Us

My mother helped me have a sensitivity to people who work in service jobs. I had never thought about the difference between the breakfast waitress and the night or evening waiter. She helped open my eyes to the fact that most of the waiters at night are men who receive larger tips, and most of the waitresses in the morning are women. Mother pointed out to me that they often had to get up at 4 or 5 AM to be there with a good smile, pouring coffee, and greeting us with a hearty, ” Hello!” Another mama in this book actually added to this advice and said, “Never tip less than three dollars, even if the breakfast is only three dollars.” This comes from Mama Shelley Davis, who is the sister of my assistant Katie.

Wisdom from What Our Mamas Taught Us: Invest in Experiences

Linda Seger is an international story coach, script and screenplay consultant. This is the story behind an inspirational quote in her book, What Our Mamas Taught Us.

“Invest in experiences rather than stocks and bonds. They have a better pay off.”

By Mama Agnes Seger from Linda Seger’s book, What Our Mamas Taught Us

Mother believed in experiences. Even though we grew up in a small town with few opportunities, she tried to give us experiences. We went to Niagara Falls and I remember that long drive from Wisconsin. We entered music contests and piano contests. If I wanted to learn something, she would try to make it happen. I loved horses and she tried to open up the experience of horseback riding to me even though there were very few opportunities where we lived. We went to a dude ranch in Colorado when I was 13. She brought groups of us together to sing Christmas shows. My whole family hosted house recitals as well as performing other places together.

Throughout my life, I have often thought about the importance of simply saying “yes” to the many experiences that open up opportunities. Experiences enrich our lives.