The bless­ing of en­cour­age­ment

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

IT was one of those evenings when we just needed to have fun as a fam­ily. You know how it goes... the kids are young, but the days are of­ten chal­leng­ing, with lots of bick­er­ing, ar­gu­ing and be­hav­iour is­sues. We needed to just have an evening of fun and de­cided to cel­e­brate our son’s fi­nal hockey game by go­ing out for din­ner at Los Chicos on Ke­nas­ton. Boule­vard. We did have a nice time. Our three kids were happy to be there and sat qui­etly and obe­di­ently — thrilled to have an op­por­tu­nity to drink un­lim­ited le­mon­ade and eat chips and salsa. All good. At the end of din­ner, our server came and told us that our en­tire meal had been paid for by an­other cou­ple. Huh? Who? What? Why? The only info the server could tell us was that the cou­ple did not know us but wanted to pay it for­ward. They had no­ticed how well our kids had be­haved and thought that was worth not­ing. Sigh. My hus­band and I were so hum­bled by this very gen­er­ous act of kind­ness. Not only did we re­ceive the gift of a free meal, but even more so, the en­cour­age­ment that we needed in our par­ent­ing and some­one’s recog­ni­tion of our ef­forts. To this amaz­ing cou­ple with the two beau­ti­ful girls, thank you for gift­ing us in this way and for be­ing that bless­ing of en­cour­age­ment that two par­ents who are re­ally try­ing their best needed that day. God bless you both.

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