So I thought I'd change it up a bit and tell you a story today instead of the usual music or style post.
As you've seen already (Alive and A Day in Big Sur), I recently went on a trip with my boyfriend Ben. We went all over the state and did so many cool things! Seriously, road trips are the best thing.
One night stands out especially, however.
The first weekend Ben was here we went to San Francisco. When dinner time came around we were a little overwhelmed with all of the options, but we ended up in North Beach, moving from window to window of restaurants looking at menus. While looking at one menu, an older couple walked up behind us.
"Stay here, you won't regret it" said the gentlemen. "Its probably going to be a bit of a wait, but its completely worth it."
Ben and I both thanked them. They walked into the restaurant and chatted with the women taking names for the list. Ben and I waited our turn.
"Too long for us tonight," the gentlemen said on their way out. "That's the owner," he said, referring to the woman taking names. "She's great."
"You two should stay though!" assured his wife.
It was a 45 minute wait and a little pricey, but Ben and I decided to take the nice couple on their word. We put our names down and planned to go for a drink while we waited.
As we walked out, we saw the couple again. "Are you going to stay?" she asked. They were happy to find out that we were. "I'm glad that you are, but if you weren't we were going to tell you to go to a pizza place down the street. Its where we had our first date 50 years ago."
We thanked them again for the recommendations and insisted that the pizza place would be our spot next time we were in the area. We both said our goodbyes and parted ways.
|Some pictures from our weekend in SF|
I got a great glass of wine and Ben got a cool beer with ginger in it. We had an appetizer, steaks, and a truly great time. The owner stopped by halfway through our meal. "Were you the couple who were talking to Richard outside earlier?"
Yes we were! We replied. We told her it was his recommendation that brought us back, and complimented her on the wonderful food. How cool was it that the owner came and talked to us?! We felt so special. (Note to self: make friends with business owners. You'll feel like a celeb when they stop by on your visit.)
Stuffed and satisfied, we were fully prepared for our triple digit bill when we told our server we were finished. When she returned, she brought a surprise that neither of us saw coming.
"Richard actually already paid your bill. You guys are good to go."
Um, WHAT? Richard as in the nice gentlemen we chatted to outside before dinner paid for our food? At this super nice restaurant? We were both in total disbelief, and so, so grateful.
We left Richard a thank you note, our server a tip, and then left in shock that that had actually just happened.
This night reminded me of the impact a little extra kindness can make. It was only one night, one dinner bill, but it meant so much more than that to Ben and me. We felt special; its as simple as that. Someone who had no reason to even think of us had done something nice for us, which is a pretty amazing thing, isn't it?
Sometimes we can get so jaded by our lives and the things we hear on the news that we forget that there is so many great things and people in the world. This experience made me want to pass that positive energy on to other people, and I am making a conscious effort to do so... A little can go a long way, and you never know when you just might make someones day - or maybe even more than that.
Take a chance, do something good for someone else. They may never thank you, but maybe that's because they never got the chance to.