Wednesday, July 9, 2008

It's the little things that make me happy

Have I told you lately that I have a great fondness for the elderly? I always have loved being around older people and watching them.

While I was having lunch with a friend today, a little lady came in and sat down at the table closest to ours. In a few minutes, a little man came in to join her. It was pouring rain so I am guessing that he let her out and then parked the car. He had a cane and a hat (with raindrops on it). He was walking real slow and he was so bent over he looked to be about half as tall as he used to be. It was so sweet to watch them. When it came time to get our check I told the waiter I would like to pay for their meal also. He looked at me a bit like I was crazy and then brought me their check too. He said he would wait until I was ready to leave to tell them. I asked him not to tell them until they were ready to leave and after I was gone. I learned my lesson last time I did that and made the little lady cry and then I cried and then my friend cried.

If you've never done something like that before, give it a try some time if you feel like you can spare a few dollars. It is amazing how such a small gesture can make so many people feel good.

5 comments:

JLynnette (Aunt Jo) said...

Awe! You made me cry.

I like to do that at drive-thru windows. It always throws the clerk when I tell them I want to pay for the car behind me.

Karen said...

What a precious thing to do! You made my day and I'm sure you made the day for that sweet couple. Bless you!

Valerie said...

This brought tears to my eyes. How sweet! I love the elderly too! Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

Jane Swanson said...

Such a sweet thing to do! Thanks for being a good example of what can mean to Pay It Forward!
~jane

Annie said...

I've done that at the doctor's office when I hear someone has no insurance. I never thought about doing that in a restaurant. Cool!