Random acts of kindness and a fake mustache
I was enjoying a pizza with Ian and Lauren last night at Mac's Pizza Shack. We hadn't been 'out' for supper in quite a while and a visit to Bill and Erika's shack was in order. We like the pizza at Mac's and the kids really enjoy the small game room. A win-win.
During our meal I was picking up our mess and let the kids play their game. They each brought their own quarter. Within a few minutes Lauren came back excited to share she had nine tickets! A dash to the prize counter revealed she was one short for anything she really wanted. I told her we'd hold the ticket for next time. That conversation was quick and quiet. She was satisfied and I put the redemption slip in my pocket.
A few moments later she walked up to get another glass of water. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a young man step out of his booth and present Lauren with a slip of paper. Her eyes widened, I saw her lips say "thank you" and she ran back to our table in flash..
"Dad, that boy just gave me 59 tickets!" It made her day. I'll guess 'that boy' was almost a teenager. As I walked past their booth, I also thanked the boy and his dad. I could tell the gift was genuine because his 'you're welcome' was genuine, not forced.
We eventually redeemed all of our 68 tickets. Both Ian and Lauren selected monster teeth and fake mustaches. The 'stuff' they selected will be forgotten in a day or two. The mustache is already tearing apart and is becoming a part of the carpet. I'm certain the act of kindness will be remembered for a very long time.
I want to say 'thanks' again to the young man and his father for making our normally special visit to Mac's even better. Even though I have mustache parts stuck to my socks I have a bigger bounce in my step today. I'm certain Ian and Lauren will too :)
Steve Knox was born, raised and landed back in Janesville. He encourages you to participate as he writes on Janesville and beyond as this Generation X guy supports his Janesville mission, global vision. Steve is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.