Late Night Dinner With Scott, Maia and the Host
--by hurricane, posted Oct 31, 2007
When our host seated us, my dad asked him if there were any military having a meal in the establishment. The host said there was a soldier eating dinner with his friend. My dad told the host to tell the soldier and his friend that their dinner was paid for and that we should get dessert too! He also stated that he did not want to be identified as the benefactor.
Our waitress, who witnessed this as well, commented on my dad's thoughtful "thank you" to this soldier, saying that she hadn't seen anything more profound. At a local college, she was an Opera Major and as her humble way to thank my Dad, she performed a small piece of "The Pearl Fisherman." Her voice brought me to tears because of its perfection!
Then the soldier appeared at our table and remarked that he was being deployed to Iraq the next morning and he could not leave this country without thanking my dad. My dad replied that it was he who wanted to say thanks for what the soldier was about to embark upon. They shook hands as the soldier left.
Before we left, our host came by again. "I was at a family reunion earlier, and I did a little magic show for the kids. And I still have some of the props," he said as he pulled out the props and did a little magic show as a way to say "thanks" to my Dad. He was really great and my daughter was totally amazed.
The bill for Scott, the soldier, came to $59.00 (he also took home dessert -- a whole berry pie), and Dad left our waitress, Maia, a note with his email address asking for her next perfomance times at the University along with a $50 tip. And the host, (sorry I cannot remember his name) I'm sure was left a little something too.
Everyone, including my 9 year old daughter, witnessed something exemplary in the human spirit that night. I can only hope to see more of the same.
Thank you sooo much for sharing this!