Today was unexpected.

alone in restaurant

Today was unexpected. I woke up late and a tad grumpy. I was late for church with my parents, as usual. I tend to oversleep sometimes. My bad. Anywho, so I went to church, only about three minutes late and then we went to brunch, like we do every week. This week we went to Uptown Grille. The place was PACKED. It is usually packed, but this was like ridiculously busy. I think there were at least 12 baby showers, possibly more. I digress. We ordered our food and once our waiter left, I noticed a woman sitting alone, crying. I had the uncontrollable urge to talk to her, but I didn’t know what to say. I mean, I don’t know this person or what she is going through, but I wanted to make some kind of gesture to comfort her. Talking to her seemed too scary, as I was already grumpy and didn’t want to make her day worse. I put these thoughts on the back-burner as I enjoyed my delicious meal. Once we were done, we started to walk out and I just couldn’t get this woman out of my mind. I needed to do something. Something small. But not something that would embarrass her or make her feel bad. Something to let her know she wasn’t alone and that people cared. Even if she didn’t feel like they did. So, while my parents were watching me like I was crazy, I walked up to the hostess and told her I wanted to pay the woman’s tab. She, too, looked at me like I was crazy, but she walked me over to the lady’s waitress so I could get her bill. The waitress seemed very kind, like maybe she was wondering what to say to this lady to make her day a bit brighter too. She handed me the bill and didn’t ask with her words, but with her eyes “Why are you doing this?” I replied “She seems to be having a bad day and I want to try and make it a little brighter.” Her whole attitude changed and she seemed excited. “Wow, that’s amazing. You are paying it forward.” Me, “Yes, I am trying to. I hope it helps.” I left then to do my weekly grocery shopping, but it changed my whole day. It gave me purpose. It made me feel like I woke up that morning for a reason. And that reason was to reach out and help someone.

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