Recently (Oct. 28), my friend George and I enjoyed yet another tasty dinner at the remarkably enduring IHOP on No. 3 Road, opposite Richmond Centre.
His birthday, #94, was coming up shortly, about which I had notified the restaurant serving staff. However, most unexpectedly, they came to our table singing Happy Birthday as we were finishing our meal, with a pastry bearing a lit candle.
George was unabashedly touched by this kind gesture. But what totally blew me away was learning from our festive server, Kim, that our bill for the whole occasion was zero.
A truly remarkable young couple, whom we did not know, dining across the room, paid our tab in full. They had observed the celebration nearby, and very unselfishly decided to help out.
Needless to say, George and I expressed our heartfelt gratitude to them.
We are all living in ultra challenging times. However, it is so deeply meaningful when people step forward like this.
Thank you, to those workers and exceptional patrons!