While having lunch with a new friend, Niv, I noticed a group of three Army guys sitting in a booth nearby. Their presence jogged my memory of a lunch I’d had with my boss a few months back.
As our waitress walked by, I asked if she’d please give me their lunch bill. “Just tell them thank you for their service. Please keep it anonymous,” I said. She replied, “Sure! That’s really nice of you!”
Niv looked intrigued and asked why I made the gesture. I explained my boss had done so a while back, that I’d never take a veteran for granted, that my brother is a Marine, my dad served in the Korean War and the average military salary is $38,000. Before completing my sentence, Niv enthusiastically said, “I want to pay too!”
So we went Dutch on our ‘pay it forward’ gesture as the appreciative trio scoped the room for someone – anyone to thank before tipping their hats toward the crowd as they left.
How could we not pay? It’s the best forty bucks Niv and I spent all year.