Friday, March 19, 2021

Sometimes the Only Way to say Thank You is to Pay it Forward

One of the only justifiable reasons for eating dinner out is my  laziness if I do not feel like cooking. Rarely is it a treat. The choice of restaurants in our community is limited and usually a grave disappointment.

So if I succumb to the lack of energy to cook at home, we venture out. We have several Asian restaurants in town but since Covid they only offer take-out. I miss the Sushi and fantastic entrees but when we want to eat 'out' that does not mean bringing it home.

But for most of the cuisine offered locally, we have been there and never want to go back. New restaurants get one shot to take my money and if they don't measure up - forget it. 

Hubby's birthday and Valentine's day are a day apart. As much as he loves my cooking, I wanted to take him out for a special evening. We heard one of the local restaurants had a new chef and the town was shouting his praises. We ventured out and hoped it might be as good as the feedback was shouting.

The appetizers shocked us and could have been the main course. Unfortunately, that is often the case. Then the entre disappoints and we choose never to go back.

The restaurant had limited seating (Covid) so we chose to sit at the bar. I glanced at the guy sitting two stools over. I glanced again and he caught my eye. 

"Hi, how ya doin?"

"Great - I couldn't help but notice you look like one of my favorite actors in a new series I am watching on Netflix."

"I get that a lot," he laughed. "Which series?" 

"Firefly Lane." He nodded. "Love the series but no, not me. But I am doing one that is on Netflix."

"AHA. So, I was right. What series are you in?"

"I can't possibly tell you that," and he muttered something under his breath that sounded like, "if I told you, I'd have to...." 

I laughed. It was weird.

We finished our dinner of steak and prawns with all the trimmings. It was one of the best meals we have had in this town. We didn't want to leave. But there was no room for dessert.

Then she said the strangest thing. "If you would like dessert, it is on me." WHY?

"Thank you, but we couldn't possibly eat another bite. Just give us the bill please."

"There is no bill. The guy sitting next to you paid."


"I don't know. He's a really nice guy and a regular."

I asked for his name but she said she couldn't give that to me. Understood.

My first thought was how to pay this forward and I told the waitress that we would be back to do just that.


"Hey, would you like the kids during Spring break?"

"ARE YOU KIDDING!? I'm so excited I don't know how I will wait that long."

We have never had the grands on their own - without parents. What a great opportunity to spoil them. I have been making plans.


Our SIL runs a road construction business and Brie was on the job site after school with her daddy. He was explaining to four workers (including the foreman) how to do a particular job with the new piece of equipment. 

Brie was listening and it was obvious the message was not getting across to the workers.

"Here - watch," she said.

She proceeded to show the men. Remember Brie is four years old.

Thomas said the look on their faces was a priceless moment. He turned to the men and said, "You are all fired. She's four years old!"

A month later, she received a pony for her fifth birthday. Daddy told her she would have to learn how to feed and care for her new baby. This included helping him build the water trench. 

Without hesitation, she got a shovel and started digging. Gotta love the attitude.


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  1. Wow, now I want to know who that guy in the restaurant was. And your granddaughter is not only smart but lucky, what little girl wouldn't want a pony for her birthday?

  2. That pony is adorable and OMG find out who that actor was at the bar!! Now I really need to know!!

  3. Grandkids are the absolute best! Thrilled you get to enjoy yours!

  4. That Brie is something else, Carol! I'm so glad you are going to see them over spring break; we get to see ours, too, and I'm beside myself with excitement.
    And I do hope you can find out who that actor is . . . a man of mystery. :)

    1. I am SOOOOO happy for you. When will you see them? Are you traveling there? How long will you be with them? Blessings to you!

  5. The food definitely looks good enough to go back for your pay-it-forward plan!

    1. Can't wait -- it will be interesting to see what happens.

  6. I enjoy paying it forward!! And I enjoy paying for other people's meals!! Have fun with your grandchildren!!

    1. I've only done it once before in a restaurant but certainly do it in the takeout window of our coffee place. One time I paid for a woman's coffee behind me and she found me later so she could thank you. She had received devastating news about her son that morning and this small action made her day.

  7. You brought a much needed smile to my face this morning! Thank you for continuing on the Blog Challenge. I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts.