Just when the evening news has us beginning to believe the world is just a dark and scary place—that love and human kindness are in short supply—someone does something to remind you that this is not entirely true. My family just received one of those reminders.
This is what happened to us this past weekend on Saturday, June 15th, 2013. My wonderful wife and our darling 4½-year-old daughter had taken me to an early Father’s Day lunch. As we finished our meal the waiter approached with our bill saying, “It’s been paid in full.”
He pointed to an empty booth just a few feet away from our table, and said the people who had been sitting there had paid our bill. They also asked the waiter to tell us to read the back of the receipt. I took the following photos of the back and front so you may read it, too:
Random Act of Kindness—One year ago today one of my best friends passed away. Tomorrow would have been his 27th birthday. In his memory we are doing 27 acts of random Kindness. Please be blessed and love on your loved ones. One day they will be gone.
I hope they won’t mind my sharing this with you. I’m confident their friend would be very happy with the lovely way they are remembering him. My family and I had been so engaged with each other, eating and talking, that we didn’t notice who was at the booth next to us.
But I think that’s really the point, isn’t it? The gift they gave us in their friend’s memory was intended to be both random and anonymous. And I also think the gift was much more than simply the purchase of our meal. The biggest gift was this reminder:
Please be blessed and love on your loved ones. One day they will be gone.
Don’t let anything distract you from showing your loved ones how you feel about them. Turn off the TV some of the time. Stop Instagramming all of your meals. Stop checking email and Facebook every few minutes. And do what the note said, “Love on your loved ones.”
One day they will be gone.