I experienced such a wonderful act of kindness, I wanted to share it, and possibly the donor will read this and know how it touched many people.
I am a caregiver for adults of special needs. I have supported at least one adult in my home for 12 years; my daughter and son-in-law also support two, as does my son.
My children grew up, knowing the special love and support that can change lives and make a difference. So between us, we support five individuals, who over the years, have become family and best of friends.
On Sunday, Dec. 5, we celebrated “Stephen’s” birthday by going to the Silver Dragon Restaurant in White Rock. This busy restaurant was kind enough to reserve the entire mid tables for this occasion. There was lots of excitement, as we gathered with our birthday wishes and gifts.
The staff were accommodating, as was the couple behind us. They were so patient, as we maneuvered into tight seating with a high level of excitement and noise. We were a large group – and we also had my little granddaughter squealing with delight. I am always aware of how others are reacting to our level of excitement that we can create, and this couple was smiling at us.
The meal was wonderful and the atmosphere perfect for this occasion.
When it was time to leave, and I was preparing to pay, the cashier/waiter said our entire bill had been paid by the couple – their message, simply: “Merry Christmas” and “happy birthday to the birthday guy.”
I got teary, as did the waiter, a young man, perhaps still a student. He said the restaurant has never experienced anything like that.
We explained this act of kindness to all our individuals. They appeared to understand but to what level we will never really know.
Seeing that tear in the waiter’s eye and the other caregivers, I don’t think they could know the emotions that evolved from this kindness.
I hope this couple will read this. The individuals may not totally understand your act of kindness but I will always have the memory of your faces to remind me.
We thank you so very much. From all of us, a very merry Christmas.
Linda Logue, Surrey