One Sunday during December 2013 we were enjoying our breakfast when our server came to our table and picked up our tab and said that the cost of our breakfast had been taken care of by another customer. We had heard of the practice of Paying It Forward but this is the first time that I had ever been a beneficiary. Now what? Well, you pay it forward, of course.
We were back to the same restaurant for breakfast on the Sunday before Christmas. Sue and I were looking around for the ideal customers to treat to a free breakfast. Eventually Sue suggested two elderly ladies over in a booth by a window. I looked around over my shoulder and agreed that they looked like good candidates. (Given my age I try to be careful about my use of the word "elderly" because I'm not sure if I am younger than they or not.)
As we got up to leave and pay our tab, I timed it so that I could approach their server without gaining attention but that didn't work out exactly. She has been our server during prior visits so when I asked if she was their server and she said she was, I told her that we wanted to buy their breakfasts because someone bought ours before. She grabbed me and gave me a hug and exclaimed how she just loves when someone does that and that those two ladies are such sweethearts! Another server laughed and joked how this was coming from her "Mrs. Grinch" co-worker. Another customer was eating his breakfast nearby and I noted him observing and listening to the entire conversation with a big smile on his face. She gave us the tab and Sue gave her a tip as I proceeded to the counter to pay for both ours and their breakfasts.
Sue and I left the restaurant with such a good feeling in our hearts. I had been overwhelmed with the unanticipated reaction of the server. I had expected nothing like that. It was a very heart-warming experience that left us feeling really, really good as we drove home from breakfast that Sunday morning before Christmas.
We shall do that again. How about you?