This 86-Year-Old Waitress is the Definition of Hard Work

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This 86 Year-Old Waitress is the Definition of Hard Work Aired May 25, 2017

Eighty-six-year-old Sylvia Smith of Long Island, New York recently retired from her waitressing career after 43 years of service, and we invited her on the show to tell her story! Smith says she had a close relationship with all of her loyal customers, and after seeing them so often over the years, they became like family. Watch the video above to see her in her element, and hear her talk about how she got her start at the diner and how she affected those who worked with her.

“I don’t have the energy I used to have. I wish I did, believe me,” she tells Rach of her decision to retire. “It’s going to be very emotional leaving here. Half my life was there.”

Even though her time at the Plainview Diner has come to a close, she still plans to to be involved in her community. “I’m going to try and do something with veterans or children -- I have to keep active.” (If that’s not determination, we don’t know what is!)

Rach knows all about what it’s like to be a waitress. “It’s hard work!” says Rach. So in honor of her retirement, Carnival Cruise Line gifted Smith with a trip where people will serve her for a change. She’ll get to enjoy an eight day Eastern Caribbean cruise for two in an ocean-view stateroom aboard the beautiful Carnival Sunshine! Check out the video above to see her dancing the night away at her retirement party.

Enjoy your well-earned time off, Sylvia!

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