What is the most touching act of kindness you have ever witnessed or experienced?
So this happened about 5 years ago.
My husband has just been relocated to Southern California for work and I was transferring schools in order to finish my degree close to where he worked.
We had been struggling a bit a few years prior to that and were still struggling financially, especially after trying to settle down in a relatively (for U.S. average standards) pricey area.
Long story short, we barely could make ends meet for the first few months and until I finished college.
I took on two other part-time jobs next to attending university full-time.
I needed to finish school as soon as possible because University was also way more expensive than in the previous state I had attended college at.
My husband was in sales and still had not staked out his new sales territory yet so to speak and built up a reputation for himself.
So some months we were doing okay and others, we could only survive because we had a little bit saved up.
Our 4 year anniversary came up (yep, in case you’re wondering, we got married really young) and I’d already agreed upon with my husband that we would just celebrate it at home amongst us.
Nothing fancy and no gifts.
However, he totally surprised me and took me on a surprise afternoon car ride to Beverly Hills.
He said, “Babe! I know you’ve been working really really hard these past few months and you deserve this. I know we will make it through this rough patch eventually but for today, let me just do this for you, okay? I need to do this.”
I nodded because I could feel it was important to him.
He pulled up in front of a restaurant.
I remember it was the same fancy restaurant I had seen while driving by on a road trip that we took once through Los Angeles and Southern California with some friends of ours a couple of years back.
A restaurant where I had seen several elegant couples emerge and come out and I had jokingly declared that I wanted us to be this way one day and to eat there once we would fulfill our dream of moving to Southern California.
Side note: I’m a big foodie ;).
Anyway, we pulled up in front of the restaurant and went inside.
The waiter was very nice and friendly. The place didn’t feel stuck up or anything like that at all of what you might have thought of when dining at a fancy place in Beverly Hills like this.
The middle-aged garçon guided us to our table.
We were seated on a side corner of the restaurant.
Almost right next to us was a dad and his about eight year old daughter.
They looked tired somehow, I remembered.
I also remembered how I thought that they looked just a little bit sad.
Another waiter came up to our table and congratulated us on our anniversary.
We smiled and even giggled a little bit.
However, when I saw the prices on the menu I honestly almost had a little heart attack.
I never in my life ate such an expensive meal before.
I stared in shock at my husband who just nodded at me calmly and squeezed my right hand.
He leaned over to me and whispered into my right ear,
“Please relax. I’ve saved up for this for the past few months.”
My stomach was still in knots but I didn’t want to spoil my husband’s surprise that he had planned for me so sweetly.
So I put on a smile and we went on to enjoy a truly AH-MAZING meal.
In case you want to know what it was, here is a pic from it :):
I kept glancing over at the dad and his daughter and they glanced over at us as well a few times.
We sat so close so it kind of happened frequently.
Then, I saw the dad and his daughter get ready to leave.
I also noticed that he whispered something into the waiter’s ear when he received the check from him.
As they were about to leave, he smiled at us one last time. His eyes still carried a certain sadness.
He took his auburn hair daughter by the hand. His daughter turned around one more time as they almost approached the exit and shot me a secretive look.
She was one beautiful girl.
I shrugged and remember thinking I wish I knew how to make the sadness from their eyes go away.
At this point my husband and I got ready to leave.
My husband asked for the check.
The waiter came and handed it to us.
Though before he let go of the brown leather folder that held the bill inside he said,
“The gentlemen and his daughter that have just left have paid for your bill. He said his daughter wanted to gift this to you both for your anniversary because the two of them thought you were such a nice young couple.”
My husband and I literally gawked at him.
We could not believe it!
When my husband and I opened the leather folder with the paid check, there was a little crunched up paper on top of everything.
It was written in ink:
“Love is everything. Don’t ever let money or the lack thereof dictate the happiness you can share between the both of you.
A kind stranger and his daughter.”
What a keen observer. What a sweet little girl. What a great lesson.
P.s.: I wish I still had that note. However, sadly, I lost it during our last move. Regardless, I will never forget the kindness that this one family bestowed upon my husband and I and every time we hear about or notice a couple that is celebrating their anniversary, we try and give back through little acts of kindness <3.
P.s. You might also enjoy this article: https://corneliapauline.com/2018/02/14/people-succeed-life-others-dont/