Appearances can be deceiving. Several years ago Hubby managed a cafeteria style restaurant in an upscale area of Atlanta. He had many repeat customers but one couple in particular made an impression on him. The couple was older and they always dressed rather plainly. In fact, the man usually wore bib blue jean overalls. Hubby said he usually looked like he’d just rolled up to the sidewalk on his tractor. Kind of a “hay-seed plowboy” if you will.
They were always very nice and kind, but also plain and simple country folk. Hubby always assumed he “didn’t have a row to hoe”. In fact, Hubby always felt guilty taking his money because he felt they could probably hardly afford to eat out. One day the gentleman asked Hubby how much he’d charge to cater his son’s wedding. Being the kind gentleman my hubby is, he decided to help this gentleman out since he could tell by looking at him that he could not afford a “real caterer”.
This man wanted carved ham and turkey at the wedding so Hubby bought the ham and turkey with his company discount and passed the savings on to this man and hubby even told the gentleman he would come himself and carve the ham and turkey . He didn’t want him (farmer man) to have to waste the money to pay someone else to do the carving since he surely needed every penny he had. I guess Hubby assumed that the bride’s parents were even worse off than this couple since they were stuck with paying for it. He cut corners wherever he could to make sure this man’s son could have the wedding reception they could be proud of. But, one that even the average Joe could afford.
The day of the wedding arrived and Hubby got off work early so he could go help this gentleman out. They lived even farther out in the boonies than we did which just solidified in hubby’s mind how poor they were. Hubby told me when he rounded the curve leading up to their house he almost wrecked our van! The driveway leading up to their house was bookended by two HUGE identical lions made of Italian marble and the house was a mansion! He could not believe his eyes. They had like a 6 car garage with cars like Bentleys and Rolls Royces housed in them. You could have knocked hubby over with a feather. They had a full housekeeping staff. Their kitchen had two industrial icemakers and large commercial side by side refrigerators.
Hubby called me later and said “They have a game room….you HAVE to come see it!” I am thinking to myself… I am NOT gonna get these two babies up and dressed to come and see some pool table! Hubby insisted I drive the half hour out to this house and if I hadn’t I would never have believed him. This “game room” had like 20 foot ceilings and when he said game room… he meant game as in lions, tigers and bears… OH MY! Seriously? YES… seriously, there was a life sized stuff giraffe that he had killed on safari in Africa… along with an actual TREE with a leopard and tiger posed on opposing limbs in all their taxidermy splendor! He did not have a whole elephant but he did have a front leg up to the knee of an elephant that had been stuffed (taxidermed?? Is that the correct verbage?) and fashioned into an end table! I kid you not! There was a loft area you could climb a spiral staircase to get to so you could better view the animals in the trees.
To say we were both flabbergasted would be the understatement of the century. And the bedrooms all literally looked like hotel rooms in that they all had two double or queen beds in them… or at least the three or four I saw did.
It also had a pool that would put most large apartment complex pools to shame. And a pool house that was bigger than our house.
Hubby later found out this man had written some computer program that most building supply and lumber stores used to estimate how much material it would take to build any certain house. This man was ROLLING in the dough to say the least. And Hubby had given this man the biggest discount I think he had ever given anybody just because he LOOKED like he couldn’t afford anything more, so, yes… looks can be VERY deceiving! And judging people by their looks can be very devastating, to your ego AND your wallet!