Hanging out after school is when many kids make the best memories. Walking to the park, window shopping, and playing spontaneous games with the neighborhood kids is what life is all about at that age. But in this case, the kids were hanging out when one of them decided he was hungry. They walked to this fast food joint…and didn’t have money for food. They were there to hang out with their friend, and one guy knew exactly what to do to make their day.
Sitting in Taco Bell today, I laughed to myself as a group of young boys came stumbling into the air conditioned restaurant with loud voices, smiles, and a craving for a taco. But as they all sat down at a table, I noticed only one of them ordered anything.
The other three sat and stared at the menu with hungry glances. As time went on, they began having conversations about school, girls, and about twenty other subjects…At a random moment, the man who was sitting in the corner of the restaurant stood up, came over to stand over the table…As all of the boys shrank back on view of this 6’5 giant, the words that issued forth made my day.
“Y’all want a slushie? Come on up here, let’s get you guys something.” Within a few seconds, the three boys jumped out of their chair, ran to the counter, and happily ordered not only slushies, but found that the stranger also offered to buy them food.
The boys were probably ecstatic. Nothing makes a kid happier than a full belly and delicious fast food!
He quickly asked the cashier if he could pay before they started the food as he needed to get back on the road. Card swiped, a goodbye given, and this gentle man quickly went for the back door without asking for a thank you for the young boys. I nodded silently to him and flashed a smile as a signal that he had been seen.
He lifted a hand in farewell towards the counter, and with smiles touching both sides of their faces, the little dudes all turned and yelled “thank you!” as he slipped out the door and jogged to his semi parked to the side of the building…
Today, Love and Kindness looked like a 12 pack of soft tacos and 3 Starburst Freezes.”
They clearly weren’t expecting to get such an awesome treat that day! They were only in the restaurant to wait while their buddy grabbed an after school snack…but they were kind, well-behaved, and courteous to the other diners, and that is what the trucker saw in the young boys. Hopefully, they will remember this day when they are older and pass the good deed on!
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