Slade was enjoying a night out at a Ruby Tuesday restaurant with his family recently and couldn’t contain his curiosity. You see, Slade, who is autistic, loves washing machines and dishwashers, so when he got the chance to talk to the restaurant manager, Ashley, he just had to ask her if the restaurant had a big machine out back.
Slade asked the restaurant manager if they had a dishwashing machine in the kitchen.
Ashley said yes they did, and chatted with him about dishwashers for a while. Slade was intrigued and couldn’t stop talking about dishwashers for the rest of the meal.
So his stepmom, Katie Elizabeth Denton, thought she’d ask if Slade could get a peek at the dishwasher in the restaurant kitchen.
“I started thinking: ‘I’m just going to go talk to Ashley and ask her if Slade can peek through the window of the kitchen door and look at the dishwasher’,” she later shared in a Facebook post.
A ‘peek’ turned into the chance of a lifetime for Slade!
With Slade being only 11 years old, Ashley was pretty certain Slade wasn’t some sort of health inspector in disguise and was more than happy to let him see the dishwashing machine. In fact Ashley had already preempted his stepmom’s request.
“I’m already planning on bringing him in the back and letting him run some dishes through it,” said Ashley.
This might not seem like all that big of a deal for most, but for Slade and his stepmom, they couldn’t have been more excited and appreciative.
“I almost fell to my knees. I started sobbing,” wrote Denton in her post about the evening’s events. “I couldn’t believe that this sweet young lady who didn’t know our family, would go out of her way to let Slade look at something as simple as the dishwasher.”
She couldn’t wait to tell Slade the good news: “All I could say was: ‘You are seriously about to make his life!’”
It was all captured on video and then posted on Facebook.
Within minutes Ashley had gathered up an apron for Slade to wear and brought both of the excited diners into the kitchen. After a brief explanation and demonstration on how to use the machine, Slade got his chance to actually wash some dishes. Denton recorded the whole thing.
Denton’s Facebook post included that video footage and what she wanted to tell Ashley.
“You have absolutely no idea how special of a treat this was and how much we appreciate you,” she wrote. “We can’t thank you enough. You guys are rock stars and you made our boy’s day.”
The positive support was amazing.
When Denton’s post started gathering a lot of attention and positive comments, HuffPost UK contacted her to inquire about their experience. She explained how the reaction to her post has been incredible.
“There has been so much positivity and love, which is what we need in the world right now,” she said.
“I posted the video so that Ashley and the staff at Ruby Tuesday could get recognition for such a beautiful thing. But the reaction has been insane and we have been showered in love and support.
“Slade is even getting job offers and kitchen field trip offers from different restaurants.”
H/T: Love What Matters.