The plan was to run a bunch of errands and then pick up a couple of salads on the way home. So we ran. In out, in out. I kissed Rainey, and shut the trunk. Dave snapped the clasps on Aviana's car seat. We collectively hopped in and shut our car doors. Suddenly, I wanted to go out to dinner instead.
I looked at the clock, 6:59. Problem. 6:59 on a normal Saturday - okay, but on a holiday weekend...not okay. We looked around the parking lot and sure enough, there were people lined up at every single restaurant as far as we could see. Since we needed to be home somewhat soon to feed Aviana, salad pick up it would be.
On our way out of the parking lots we perused every place, and uh uh, no way. But wait, there was one that didn't look too bad! So we went.
We pushed Avi up to the table, as we do. We sat and ate, as we do. All was normal as always...until it was time for our check. Our sweet server kindly explained that someone had taken care of our entire dinner for us!
We were in such shock that we had to ask her to repeat what she had said. We still couldn't believe it. Smiling, we looked at each other, but were completely speechless. We looked back at the server and asked who? She pointed to the now empty table of a couple who had been sitting beside us.
I have never wished to be able to thank someone so badly. We were so full of gratitude. We have been shown so much kindness over the years, but this was of a different sort. We were completely taken!
That night, in that restaurant, we felt the absolute kindness of perfect strangers. I wanted to hug them. I wanted to tell them how much what they did meant to us, that it wasn't just a meal, but so much more!
I wanted to tell them that what they did doesn't stop with us. It extends out, because with each family member, friend and all of you...this story has a way of not only softening our soul, but the souls of all of those who hear about it.
❤ ❤ ❤