A happy Cracker Barrel waitress from Lincoln, Nebraska is about to get a lot happier.
Two men recently went into a Nebraska Cracker Barrel and asked the hostess if they could be seated with the grumpiest server. When the hostess said none of the servers are grumpy, they flipped their request -- they wanted to be seated with the happiest server. The hostess obliged.
After being seated, the two men were greeted by 18-year-old Abigail Sailors. After meeting Sailors, they had a question for her: Why are you so happy?
Abigail responded by telling the men the story of her life.
When she was just 7 months old, her mother was left incapacitated after a car crash. Courts ruled that her biological father wasn’t fit to parent, so she and her four other siblings were sent bouncing around from foster home to foster home over the years. She was abused for three years at one of her homes -- the father is still in prison on abuse charges.
“All the horror stories you hear about foster care,” Abigail’s older sister Sydnie said, “we lived through it.”
Abigail and two of her siblings were briefly reunited with their biological father. That arrangement didn’t last long when he too was jailed on abuse convictions.
Then, one day, Abigail and her siblings were taken in by John and Susi Sailors. Surely Abigail wasn’t expecting this home to be permanent -- she’d suffered through too much before to believe that. But this time was different. Abigail and her siblings were brought in with love. The Sailors not only kept them, but raised them. This was the home Abigail had been hoping for over so many years.
“It’s a great home, great people, amazing,” said Abigail (who, in case you didn’t notice, took the Sailors last name as her own). “I don’t know how I would have turned out if I didn’t have them. They shaped the person I am today.”
Amazed at the story of her past, the two men asked Abigail about her plans for the future. Abigail told them she just finished her first semester at Trinity Bible College in North Dakota. But, she added, her education was on hold while she tried to earn enough money to pay tuition.
After eating, one of the men wrote a $5,000 check to Trinity Bible College to pay for Abigail’s tuition. He then wrote Abigail a $1,000 check to cover anything else she needed. After all this, he still left her a $100 tip for her service during the meal.
Abigail was left amazed by the generosity of this stranger.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I tried to thank them, and they said, ‘thank God.'"