You ever have one of those moments, one of those feelings? A sense that you needed to do something? Those feelings are rare, to be sure. But they are deeply profound… even if you don’t know why at the moment.
We had one of those feelings tonight. We left work right on time to go to the polls since we live in a state that allows early voting (and if you live in one that allows early voting as well I HIGHLY recommend doing it – total time door to door… 15 minutes). We ran our regular ‘on the way home’ errands and decided we would go to Freeb!rds for dinner since we hadn’t been in a while and well, after camping out in the parking lot for a day, it’d be free. We went inside and got in line and waited while other people got in line behind us.
While we were all waiting to give our order, the gentleman behind us struck up a conversation. The enormity of the Super Monster was the conversation catalyst. We all chatted cordially while we were waiting, and we found out that our new food line friend had never been to a Freeb!irds before. So, we explained what it was about, what we liked and what the secret to the perfect burrito is – hint: ask for the queso. The three of us chatted all the way through the line and our friend seemed so appreciative of our vast burrito knowledge.
When we went to ‘pay’ for our burritos, Brett told the cashier to put our friend’s burrito on his tab. Granted we each have a bajillion free burritos, so there wasn’t any actual monetary transaction, but still. When our friend went to pay for his food the cashier told him we had already covered it and all he needed to pay for was his drink. He seemed so genuinely thrilled and so happy. He thanked us and we told him to have a good night, and headed out the door to head home to eat and watch the Jayhawks.
As we started to pull out of the parking lot, Brett said he felt like we should go back inside and sit and eat with our new friend. So, we did. We got another parking spot. Took our to go burritos inside and walked up to our friend and asked if we could join him for dinner. As it turns out he was also meeting a friend there, so we got to enjoy the company of two new friends – double bonus!
Brett and I are very blessed to have the highest quality humans in our lives, and we have so much fun with them – Henderson Halloween Party, anyone? But tonight was one of the most fun evenings I’ve had in a long while.
We learned about our new friend; his name, where he is from, what he does for a living. We learned that he is a board member for a charity group that does amazing work right here in our very own community. It was just a really beautiful moment. All because we had a feeling that we should go back and eat dinner with a complete stranger.
I am so glad we did.
As we were walking back to the car Brett said to me ‘imagine what the world would be like if more people did that.’
I say it often. I literally wear it on my ‘sleeve’ (technically it’s my wrist). I truly believe it….
Kindness can change the world.
Mine was changed a little bit tonight.
Thank you new friend, and thank you universe for giving us the sense to turn around.