My husband and I looked at each other. We were not sure what to do, what to say. Of course I had more questions. “Paid our entire bill? Really? Who? We would like to thank them.”
The anonymous donor had asked to be anonymous; the waitress was not telling.
I looked at my husband and started crying. That was a big bill. Wow, what a blessing. I tried to not all-out blubber and wiped my eyes.
I whispered a prayer of thanks, for our needs were, again, met in beautiful and unexpected ways.
Well, we should give the waitress a really nice tip, I told my husband, say thank you and go on. I felt eyes on us but purposed to not look around and see whose they were.
For the next few days — and even now when it comes up — we talk about that event with our children. They were amazed and curious and inspired, which was the best part of all.
We got the opportunity to remind them how all of our needs — and many of our wants — are met without much effort on our parts. We talked about making sure we are as giving as that person was. We talked about being the kind of people who look around, see needs and aim to meet them.
If you’re observant — as someone was with us — you can spot a way to bless someone a mile away. Here are a couple of ways to do it even if you can’t pick up a $100-plus meal ticket:
• Smile at people. Just do it. Look them in the eye and smile, whether you’re in passing, pressed together in the checkout aisle or at a four-way stop sign. I often think, “I bet that person would like to see a pleasant, welcoming face” rather than a grumpy scowl. Sometimes, too, a smile can pave the way to a conversation, so …