LETTER: Kindness of strangers appreciatedTo the Telegram: Something wonderful happened to me and it reinforced my belief in my fellow man. It was so wonderful, it must be shared. Two of my widowed cousins and I were out for lunch. We planned this outing to brighten the day for one of us who recently lost her husband.
To the Telegram:
Something wonderful happened to me and it reinforced my belief in my fellow man. It was so wonderful, it must be shared. Two of my widowed cousins and I were out for lunch. We planned this outing to brighten the day for one of us who recently lost her husband. We all married Italians and Macaroni Grill is one of our favorites so off we went to the restaurant.
Here’s more of the back story: One of the “girls” is severely visually impaired and wears a pin with that notice. I am disabled and use a walker to ambulate. The third cousin is in fairly good shape for the shape she’s in. As we entered the restaurant, we encountered a couple just leaving. They weren’t quite as old as we are, but they might have been in their 60s. The gentleman held the doors for us and his wife helped. One of us joked that there wouldn’t be any tip coming, but “Thanks so much for your help.”
A nice young man showed us to our table — I think all of the Arizona commercial people are geared toward helping the elderly.
Next, a pretty, young lady introduced herself as our server and added that she was in training. We looked over the menu, using magnifying glasses, etc. (shut up, your day will come) and prepared to order. All of a sudden, the lady we encountered at the door appeared at our table.
“Lunch is on me, have a blessed day,” she said. Needless to say, we were awestruck. None of us had ever encountered such graciousness. The nice young waiter returned and handed us a gift card. The couple at the door had left us a gift card worth $125.
Our widowed cousins are year-around residents of Arizona, and my husband and I are here every winter. (The blustery winters in northern Wisconsin are not very comfortable for the old and infirm.) We have become accustom to the kindness of strangers here in Arizona, but this gesture of generosity was unprecedented. We want that wonderful couple to know that we will never forget this, and they can be sure that we will all “pay it forward” every chance we get. Never fear folks, the 10 o’clock news may not always show it, but there are still really wonderful people out there, and never forget this: “One good deed, deserves another.”