Can you put this anonymously to that Mom's bill?
--by penny4them, posted Mar 26, 2018
We went out to dinner tonight to celebrate my daughter's beautiful choral concert. We don't do this often because of our tight budget.
I noticed a very tired mom come in with her three children, perhaps triplets, maybe about age 4 or 5. She looked like she had just finished work. She sat with them quietly taking care of all their needs; cups sorted with straws, crayons for coloring, etc. Then I noticed, as soon as their finally food arrived, she took a bite of her food and then one of the kids had to go to the bathroom. They all left the table and she ushered them--so lovingly--especially after what may have been a long day at work. (She as wearing some kind of uniform.)
I excused myself from the table and went discreetly to hostess stand. I handed the hostess $15 and said, "Can you put this anonymously to that mom of 3's bill? I am hoping it covered at least the children's meals." The hostess had such a lovely smile and enthusiasm for being in on this intention. I didn't stand around long as I didn't want anyone --even my own family-- to know what was going on. I wanted it to be completely anonymous.
For the rest of my meal I did all I could not to put any more attention directly on the table, as I didn't want her to suspect me in the act.
I thought about not sharing this story, but I feel like we are stealth, fierce --each others candle holders and lighters-- in our commitments to kindness, so it feels like I should share with y'all.
Thanks for reading and thanks for all you do to inspire my heart to expand in greater kindness and commitment to more and more and more random acts of kindness. It feels so wonderful to live in this type of world, one of abundance and kindness, instead of lack and self-service.