Once I heard the name I realized immediately who was standing in front of me.
I had been learning for two weeks how to say
"welcome to Ireland.
My sign language is terrible,
but please if you need anything during your stay just let me know
and we will help you".
I smiled at the father and daughter in front of me,
turning to the father I greeted in ASL
and began the bit I had learned for him.
His daughter broke down crying
and called me sweet.
But the father just smiled and was so happy.
Honestly seeing his reaction was enough for me.
It was so worth the last few weeks of learning basic ASL.
On check-out I sadly wasn't working,
but they had left a gift for me.
A small box with some chocolates and a book on ASL.
"thank you very much for what you did on check-in. “
”My father has been in amazing form since you checked us in
and insisted we get you a gift before we left.
You have no idea how much this meant to my father and I
and we can't thank you enough.
You've made his trip home to his family after 50 years very special with one simple gesture".
I cried for a solid 5 minutes when I came into work today to find this gift in my locker.