Monday, April 1, 2019

KINDNESS OF STRANGERS



I like to eat out, but my husband doesn’t. He prefers to stay home and throw something together from the fridge.  The other night he opted to make soup. Not in the mood for soup I told him I was going out. I debated where to go. We don’t have a big selection of restaurants in our town to choose from. So I narrowed it down to Olive Garden and Red Lobster. Both are pretty pricey places but I had gift cards and decided to splurge. It has been a difficult three or four months here on the home front due to health issues for me, my husband and younger daughter. So I thought going out to eat would benefit me emotionally.  I decided seafood was calling to me and picked Red Lobster as my go to place. That meant driving across town. I got there around 7:30pm. It was relatively full. People were out celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. And I suddenly missed my husband. What was I doing here alone? They seated me in a booth, instead of at a table... which was more intimate and private. I slowly looked at the menu cover to cover to see what I wanted. And being a gal from the east coast I opted for the crabcake dinner. It came with a salad and cost $20.45 plus an additional  $3.79 for a Dr. Pepper. My gift card would cover the bill and I would leave cash for the tip. So I settled into my surroundings and began to text my best friend. She is the one who gave me the gift card at Christmas. After 15 minutes or so the salad arrived and I heartily began to eat. I enjoyed the boisterous conversation from the tables around me. One woman was there celebrating her 96th birthday. That was impressive indeed. When my crabcakes arrived I was ready for them. I took my time savoring each and every bite.  It reminded me of being back home where I grew up, which is so very far away. And for a moment or two... I was homesick for the ocean. But, I quickly gathered my emotions, so I didn’t burst out crying. It will be a long time before I get back there due to health concerns with my husband.  By now most everyone in the restaurant had left. It was my turn to leave too. I reached for the gift card but it wasn’t there in my wallet. I apparently left it back at the house on my way out the door. I knew my husband would be mad if I paid for that kind of meal with the debit card. Especially since I was dining alone.  But what choice did I have? Just then the waiter came over and told me the most unexpected thing. He said I could leave anytime I wanted to... because the gentleman and woman sitting behind me, had paid my bill before they left, and had taken care of his tip. I was flabbergasted. He said they thought I looked like a nice lady. Imagine that? I owed nothing due to the kindness of strangers. They were my angels in disguise. Paying it forward, I left the waiter a few more dollars. Sometimes you’re in the right place... at the right time... to be reminded about the goodness of people .  I won’t soon forget these kind folks. They made my day. 



19 comments:

Susan said...

Taryterra..What a wonderful story. Those truly were your angels in disguise. So happy you enjoyed all. Where are you from originally? Hugs. Susan

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

How wonderful for you! Angels in disguise for sure ! Their kind thoughtful gift came just when it was needed. I love Red Lobster and just went there early in March with my family to celebrate my birthday. I don't eat out often so this was a real treat for me.

Pam Kessler said...

That is the sweetest story!!! So glad you got to get out and about and eat a familiar meal from back home!

Pam Kessler said...

Oops, forgot to ask. Are you still doing your thrifting blog?

jaz@octoberfarm said...

what an incredible story! and what a nice surprise gift for you!

Mevely317 said...

This brought tears to my eyes!!! Going to eat out is one of my favorite things! And yes, I'm an emotional eater so I totally 'get' why you felt it necessary to honor your feelings in this manner. Lifting prayers for you and your hubby!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Taryterre, what a great story. That was so nice of the couple to pay for you. And I think it's wonderful that you ventured out on your own. Sometimes is can be a special experience. You got to see and hear different things and were aware of your surroundings. And you remembered some old memories of when you were growing up. We have to treat ourselves once in awhile too, so this outing was good for you. I love hearing about all the blessings that come your way at just the right moment. And how I miss your stories.

Thank you for your prayers for my son. Your comment was comforting and it came just when I needed it the most.

Happy April!

love, ~Sheri

The Feminine Energy said...

Oh how wonderful! And if you hadn't been alone, perhaps they wouldn't have purchased your dinner. So everything happened as it should be. I'm glad you enjoyed your dinner out. Sometimes we just need it, don't we. Love, Andrea xoxo

betty said...

Sorry to hear about the health matters; not always good to deal with. But what a sweet thing that couple did! It always warms my heart to hear stories like this. We hear so much negativity on the news etc., that we forget there are still "nice" people out there!

Red Lobster is one of our favorite places to eat. The food is so delicious.

betty

jack69 said...

What a wonderful story. It is almost like a fairy tale. Not leaving the card or the strangers paying, BUT the odds of them happening at the same time are beyond calculation. I will relate your story several times in the next few days. YES, YES there are wonderful people in the world and I LOVE to hear about them.

Sherry and jack

Jon said...

Wow - what an incredible story. It restores my faith in humanity (which recently has been waning).
Bless those kind people who paid for your meal. And special prayers for you and your family - - I can definitely relate to being plagued with health problems. Take care.

Chatty Crone said...

Man I just love the entire story - I had no idea where you were going with that. I am glad you went on and had a nice time - and the ending was just wonderful!

Buttercup said...

Love this story. I was getting concerned for you until the last few lines and then I was so happy for you.

Jean said...

Glad to see you back what a nice thing for them to do, still some nice loving people around. I hope you and your husbands health problems get better soom.

Glenda said...

This is a lovely post, so happy always to read "paying it forward" stories. Sometimes it takes something like this to bring happiness our way!

Dar said...

What a heartwarming yet familiar story. I was with my sister awaiting our brothers discharge from the hospital. We had been 100 miles from home for 10 days, eating at one of several places., one in particular, 4 times. On our last late night dinner, we too, were shocked and blessed with an angel that payed our meal. We both have since 'paid it forward' for others. It's so wonderful to know that most people are good. My prayers for you and your family as you find your way back to health.
love n' hugs from up north where the sun shines among the snowflakes

Susan said...

April 15.....Dear Taryterre....Sorry your name was misspelled in my previous post at the top of the comments. I didn't know how to edit it and correct it. Thank you, dear soul, for always visiting and commenting. You are a darling. Love your visits. Susan

Susie said...

I am so sorry about all the ill health issues in your family. Me too girl. I think you were sent a blessing. How very wonderful that the couple bought your meal. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

The Liberty Belle said...

What an experience! I'm so glad that you were blessed by strangers.