Monday, March 29, 2010

Quick Story

This weekend we went to Atlanta, GA to celebrate Joe’s cousins wedding. I’ll do a separate post with the details of our trip, but in the meantime I just wanted to share a quick story.

Our flight was Thursday night, so I left work early to give Ella a bath and get to the airport in time for our flight. We met Joe at the airport around 6:30. Since our flight was at 9 and we had some time to kill, we decided to grab a quick dinner at TGI Fridays. We were sitting at our table and had just placed our order, when a man in a military uniform came up to our table.

He said, “I travel all over the country and a lot of people buy my dinner because they see me in this uniform. So every so often I like to do the same for other people. As soon as I saw your beautiful daughter I knew that I wanted to buy you dinner.”

This man paid for our entire dinner! What a blessing! I almost started crying right there. I have never experienced anything quite like that. When I lived in Boston there were times when I was feeling especially nice and I would pay the toll for the car behind me, but that was 50 cents, not an entire meal for 3 people. And we have awesome friends and family who have bought us dinner on numerous occasions, but this was a complete stranger.

It was so touching and so very humbling! Here is a military man serving our country, yet he has the heart to buy dinner for a family that he’s never met. What a great testament to the kind of people we have in our armed services.

We, of course, thanked the man profusely and he kept saying that it was because of our beautiful daughter, he did it for her.

1 comment:

Gale Alexander said...

What a beautiful example of paying it forward.