Kindness and Love
I arrived late one night, on a business trip, so I decided to have dinner in
the hotel that I was staying at.
As I was finishing my meal, an older couple came in to dine. They were
holding hands and had lovely smiles on their faces.
They sat three tables from me. I was amazed at the love they showed for one
It seemed to strike home, all the more, because this was shortly after
ending a 20-year marriage and I still had pain in my heart.
My waiter was also their waiter. As I paid my bill, I inquired as to what
their bill was, he informed me, and I gave him the $40 to pay their tab.
He asked if I knew them and I told him "No, I just wanted to repay them for
the love that they were showing to each other," and then I departed.
The next day my business meeting ended two hours before the flight back to
I entered the restaurant to dine prior to my departure.
After I had been seated the waiter, from the night before, came up to my
table. The waiter said the strangest thing happened after I left the
When the older couple went to pay for their meal, they were informed that
another guest had paid for it. When they inquired as to whom it was, the
hostess told them they had never seen me before, and that I had said "I just
wanted to pay them back for the love that they were showing towards each
other" and that I had then left the restaurant.
The couple were amazed, they looked around, and asked for the bill of two
young couples, who were seated together (in their 20's or 30's), paid their
bill and departed saying "Love begats Love" to the amazement of the hostess
I smiled and said "That's nice," and ordered my meal.
About 45 minutes later, I had finished my meal and was getting ready to head out
to Love Field, my waiter was no where to be found.
I waited and waited and finally walked over to the Hostess stand and
explained that I needed to pay for my meal and hurry and get to the airport.
She smiled and explained that I would not have to pay for my meal.
The waiter and she felt compelled to pay my bill she said . . . due to the
joy that was brought to the faces of the elderly couple and the amazement of
the young couples from the night before.
When I told her that they didn't have to do that she said with a smile
"Love begats Love."
A rather long story I know, but it still brings tears to my eyes as I
I have been back in that hotel, twice in the past year, and those kids who
work there tell me that at least once a month they show their love to a
customer by paying for their meal as a Random Act of Kindness, and they feel
blessed that they are able to do so.
Eddie ........ Houston, Texas