Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Pay it Forward
Tonight I encountered a pleasant surprise. Wednesday afternoons my daughter has choir practice in Indianapolis, ending at 5:45. Thus we often eat dinner at a restaurant on the way home, otherwise we are dining at around 7 pm. And that is not a good eating time for kids in the midwest. Tonight we decided to stop at a Cracker Barrel for dinner, right next to our more usual haunt, Steak-n-Shake. Dinner was as expected for Cracker Barrel, with fine service and good homestyle-ish food. But when the server came for the last time, she announced that she was afraid she couldn't give me a check, as someone else had already paid it and left the restaurant. This food-financier picked us, I suspect randomly, to pay forward a good deed. The guy at the table behind me was insanely jealous, even complaining to his own server about it. I still left a tip, and do plan to pay forward someone else's meal at some point, when I have time to scope the dining room to pick a table that looks worthy.