Pay It Forward

Dumbfounded, at a loss for words.

My wife and I usually go out on Monday nights to Carrabbas Italian Grill for their Monday night special. PayItForward

Tonight we were seated in a booth and there was a booth across from us that had 3 people but I didn’t give it a second thought. We placed our order and proceeded to eat our meal.  During the meal I looked over several times and noted that the 3 people consisted of a young couple, maybe 23-25 and across from them a lady maybe 45.  That’s all I remember until they got up to leave……

The lady put something on our table, looked like a receipt and I thought someone else had dropped it. While my wife was looking it over trying to decipher it, I looked up and the lady was walking out and she turned and said “Happy Monday”, walked away and was GONE.

My wife looked again at the receipt and here it is:



She had payed for our meal and the tip.

Sometimes we need a wake up call.  We get so wrapped up with the hubbub of life that we forget the little things.  I can’t begin to tell you the feelings and thoughts that have been going through my mind in the last couple of hours.

Oh, by the way, did I mention that today is my birthday!! Go figure.  Sometimes God works in mysterious ways.  Thank you very much Laurie, Mike and Joey, whoever you are.  I’ll never forget you.


About Stan Hjerleid - Senior Editor

Stan is the Senior Editor for He is a Tea Party Conservative and very concerned about the future of America. He is a Navy Veteran having served aboard the destroyer USS Laffey for 4 years. For the last 12 years he co-owns with his wife, Happy Cat Retreat, a cat boarding facility. He has owned 2 photography studios for 12 years and worked as an IT Specialist for 14 years. He loves animals and raises parrots in his spare time. He is also an avid road bicyclist and motorcyclist.

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