Letters to the Editor

Paying forward one generous act of kindness

Recently I was at The Beerock Shop having dinner with my three young children. My husband was out of town and I didn't feel like cooking.

A gentleman walked in shortly after us and ordered his meal "to go." After his departure, the waitress handed me a $20 bill and said it was from the gentleman who just left. He said he knows what it's like to raise kids as a single parent and wanted to make it a little easier for me.

I was shocked by the sweet and generous gesture. We decided that since I was married and the intent of the gift was to perform a random act of kindness, we should do the same. I asked the waitress to "pay it forward." The next few customers were treated with discounts on their meals and free cookies.

The atmosphere in the restaurant immediately livened up and it was so special for me and the kids to see the good side of human nature. I want to say a special thanks to that kind stranger and let him know it inspired me and the kids to be kinder to others, and it instilled a great lesson for my children.

Mariah Walton

Fresno

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