It is always a good feeling when you are struggling to make ends meet and still find yourself in a position to surprise and bless someone’s day. Sometimes it is a heartfelt smile for the overworked clerk at the grocers. Sometimes a supportive hug for a grieving stranger. Last night I had the opportunity to bless a young couple in my town.
This couple has three small children and the husband works with a road construction company. At this time of year, in the northern states, road construction crews are in the middle of their winter layoff. Last night was this couples 8th anniversary, and they were more concerned with household bills than they were with anniversary celebrations. My boss heard about the situation and decided that, though our small restaurant could not do much, we could help them to celebrate. One of our part time staff picked up their children and took them home for the evening. My boss and I dug out some cloth napkins and a bouquet of fake roses and set them a private table. The young woman was surprised to find cloth napkins in so rural a place and was tickled that we went to the effort. Since they were our only customers at the time, the boss fed the jukebox and played love songs while they ate.
In an area as rural as ours, it is hard for a young couple to have a date night, with three small children, the difficulties increase. It warmed my heart to be a part of giving these to a couple of hours of “couple” time.
What made you feel all warm and gooey this week? If the answer is “nothing” then you might want to think about ways to create the warm gooies. Yup, making up words again!
Live fully. Laugh honestly. Love completely.