By Frank Williams Jr.

Way back in February 1973, The Plainview Diner opened on Long Island, New York and Sylvia Smith started as a waitress there that day. Now after 43 years, the 86-year-old has finally decided to hang up her apron and retire.

So when she showed up for her last shift, she thought it would be just another day, but instead the restaurant’s owners, customers and her coworkers threw her a wonderful retirement party. “The Plainview Diner was bursting with love that night,” the diner writes onFacebook. “Patrons young and old were pouring in from all over the county to pay homage to waitress Sylvia.”

And after spending literally half of her life there, she says it was a bittersweet ending to her career. “I had a close relationship with a lot of my customers. After 43 years, you get to know people. I was like family with them,” Smith says. “I’ll cry a little bit, but I’ll accept … that I had a good life. And I have a lot of people to thank for that.”

Source: FOX 25


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