A day in the life…

Yesterday I went to Hardee’s to have lunch with my best friend. It’s a very rare occurrence but since I’m on maternity leave we decided it would be fun. Of course the baby carrier wouldn’t fit in the booth and they didn’t have ‘normal’ restaurant high chairs that can be flipped over to hold a carrier. So the carrier had to rest next to me in the booth propped on the table and the back of the booth.Anyone who has a baby knows about the “Mom has food, I need something” phenomenon. So of course Hunter wanted to eat, which he did. But I had to take him out of the carrier to burp him. I don’t like doing this, especially in a fast food restaurant. I normally try to keep Hunter covered if we are out in public. He’s very tiny and I don’t want people coming up and touching him ( or even really breathing on him for that matter). So he’s out and over my shoulder being burped. I can hear someone saying / asking:

“That’s a new baby… how old is he?”

“Almost 6 weeks” my friend answers

“Is it a boy or a girl”

“He’s a boy” my friend again obliges… now at this point I am whispering to Hunter “hurry up and burp buddy.” I just want to put him back in his carrier.

A few minutes later a man comes over to our table. He is flipping through some folded bills ( it didn’t look like he had more than $20 or so). He pulls out a 10 dollar bill and hands it to me. “Here, buy something nice for your baby.” I try to politely refuse and he insisted. The man was there alone and obviously wasn’t a wealthy man. He was probably a local regular to that restaurant.

I was quite touched by this man’s generosity.

I think I will save that 10 dollar bill and tell the story to Hunter when he is old enough to understand. What a great way for him to learn about being selfless and for Mom to remember not to pre-judge anyone.

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7 Comments »

  1. Jamie Said:

    Great story – we can get so caught up in our own thoughts and judgements sometimes. Thanks for sharing your lesson.

  2. Jenn Said:

    Wow. I have chills and am a little teary. That is so sweet.

    (Of course, then I get all silly and goofy and start thinking you could set up a little booth on the sidewalk where people donate money “because my baby is so damned cute”.)

  3. Helen Said:

    What a lovely gesture by that man! I’m with Jenn, on tearing up a little!

    You could always put in in a savings fund for him, and then he’ll know that his first savings were built on that man’s generosity.

    I’m going to try to remember that story, it’s very sweet.

  4. Meghan Said:

    Wow.

    I don’t think people like that live in LA. *snicker*

    Seriously though, I got a bit choked-up too.

    I like your idea of saving the $10 bill, and telling Hunter the story when he’s older.

  5. Stepherz Said:

    I love this story! There are good people out there and you never know when you’ll bump into them. I would save that $10 for him too; it will be a special story for him.

  6. Amber Said:

    That is a great story and I would definitely save the money!!! A couple of years ago when we first found out we were pregnant with my daughter, we went to breakfast at IHOP. We started talking to the lady at the booth next to us who commented how happy we looked. When we got up to leave, we were delighted to find out she had paid our bill for us…and left a message to continue living our lives like that!

  7. Cindy Said:

    Oh my God, Hunter is so cute. Thanks for stalking my blog so I could get your blog address and see the bundle of cute sweetness that’s your little boy.

    My brother and family just moved to Port Huron. We pass your way rather often…we should make plans to get together.

    [kiss]
    Cindy


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