Today I had quite a few plans for things to do and places to go, however I never ever could have imagined what actually happened today.
We started the day by going to my friend's, April, Amanda and Sarah's garage sale and gobbling up some BOY clothes for my sister who is expecting a son in less than a month!
Then we drove across town to the Eddie Bauer warehouse and found a few deals like new flip flops and a cool crank up LED lantern for when the power goes out. (We can even plug in our cell phones...too cool...and cheap!)
On our way across town, Jeff and I were having a conversation about Faith. I am a person of Faith. I truly believe all things will work out the way they are supposed to and naive or not, I believe good will always win. I like to think the best of people. Jeff on the other hand, tends to be more of a realist and certainly has doubts about things and sometimes people. It's not that he is pessimistic, but he needs a little more "see it, to believe it" kind of action. I on the other hand, just believe. Not that either way is better, but we do look at things through slightly different lenses sometimes. *I know this part doesn't seem like it matters to this story, but keep reading....
Even though we knew we were pushing it since the girls hadn't had their morning nap, we decided we needed to eat and would try a sit down restaurant. It's been awhile since we have taken the girls out to eat with just us. Usually, or lately I guess, if we do go out, it is with my parents or sister and family which is always nice to have extra people to hold, help and entertain the girls. But we thought we would give it a whirl today. The girls were fantastic. Only a few shout outs (read: 1 meltdown by Ava and 1 by Alexis) during our meal. And those were short lived as Jeff and I kept our cool and patience and just stayed calm.
Our waitress was super speedy, efficient, and friendly. She had the girls' meals out SUPER.FAST! Once we had all of our food, I asked her to bring the check and explained, I never know when we may have to BOLT for the door, so I like to be prepared. So shortly she brought our bill and laid it on the table. Next thing we know she comes back and said she thinks she gave us the wrong bill and picks it up. We think nothing of it and just continue with our meal. As we are finishing up, I notice she still hasn't brought back our correct check, so I asked her for it again and she says "Oh, it was already taken care of." Huh? Jeff and I both reply, "What? What do you mean taken care of?"
I start thinking it is because I didn't finish hardly any of my chicken on my plate and she had asked me if it was ok and I said I just wasn't as hungry as I thought. So I start thinking that is why our meal was taken care of...maybe a manager wanted us to be happy with the meal or something. Which we already were, I really just wasn't as hungry and got occupied with the girls. I digress....
She replied that someone had pulled her off to the side and had wanted to pay for our meal. "What?!" Jeff and I both ask "Who?" so we could thank them for their kind, thoughtful generosity and of course to protest their action, but she replied that she wouldn't tell us and it didn't matter anyway, because they had already left. *I'm not sure if that part was true, but I think she was obviously abiding by the generous person's wishes, not to tell us who had been so kind.*
We were flabbergasted, to say the least. I seriously almost cried (as I am now re-telling the story). It was such a kind, thoughtful, selfless action that I just don't see as much in today's world....and it renewed my FAITH and I think it helped Jeff's too. As we were walking to our truck and loading the girls, I looked at Jeff and asked "Does that help renew your FAITH that there are good people left in this world?" To which he replied, "Absolutely!"
We've decided since we weren't able to thank the actual person, we will PAY FORWARD their actions. There's something to be said for performing such a thoughtful deed for someone else without recognition. We intend to find a special person or family and let our actions speak louder than our words. Hopefully it will touch them as much as it has our family and maybe even renew their FAITH too.
Maybe it has never happened to you (this is our first time), but it can start with YOU. I challenge each of you to pay forward a random act of kindness and start renewing FAITH wherever you go. I know for a fact this has started a ball rolling for our family. It was such an overwhelming feeling of support, happiness, validation, love and kindness that we felt today and I hope we can share that with someone else very soon!