An Extra Special Holiday Gift
--by mel777, posted Dec 16, 2010
Many years ago, I was a struggling single mom starting up a new business. It was the holiday season, and my boyfriend and I had decided that we would splurge for just one evening, and go out to dinner. We went to the Red Lobster and it got me thinking about my college waitressing days and how much I enjoyed working during that time: people shopping, feeling joyful, and tipping big. I was in the holiday spirit and wanted to give the waitress a big tip, though I knew it wasn't going to be a big Christmas for us that year.
When we had picked what we wanted, I did a quick calculation in my head to make sure that I had enough money before we placed the order. At the end of the meal, when we asked for the check, the waitress replied "It's already taken care of." I didn't understand? She clarified and told us that someone had paid for our dinner!! We looked all around trying to find the face of someone we knew but we didn't recognize anyone. I was astounded! How did someone pull this off without us knowing it...and why us??
I was so so touched! That was 12 years ago now, but I will never forget how that made us feel. I have always tried to 'pay-it-forward', but I don't think that person could have ever understood how much their random act of kindness meant to me. I will never forget it. Anytime I come across someone who is rude or mean, I just have to think of that story and remember how loving and giving the human spirit really is.
Love and human dignity will never die !