A Kindness Lesson in Action at Dinner
--by Kim, posted Apr 26, 2006
I love to do the random things like pay for the person behind me in the fast food drive thru.... This week after church we decided to go out to eat with our kids in tow. Our family consists of 6 children, some adopted. We went to a local restaurant. We were seated next to a family of 4 children, and I noticed the young mother had a bandana on her head and appeared to have a hair loss issue, it immediatly touched my heart.
I told my husband I want to pay their bill. He looked around, I think he was looking for a lonely person in the corner, then I pointed to the family next to us. When he did a head count I thought he was going to have a heart attack. Our income is stretched as it was and here I am suggesting we pay for another bill. After finally getting the go ahead my husband asked if I had my smile cards with me...like DUH... of course I did!!! So we got our waitress explained what we wanted to do and sat back and watched.
The husband opened the bill wallet to find the smile card. He asked the waiter if it was a joke. Then he preceded to read the card aloud to his kids and they began talking about how incredible it was and what they were going to do to pay-it-forward. The waiter though seemed nervous, kept hanging around until we paid the bill...then he kept coming back asking why we did that, and how come...and on and on...it was very cool.
Then when it was done we told our kids, which was the same situation - lots of questions - who? where? It was a learning experience for several people and it is cool to see things like this in action.
~may your family be blessed~