Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The kindness of strangers...

I'll get back to the title of the post a bit later, but last night Michelle, Cari, and I finally got to meet Juliette and we all went out for dinner.

The first restaurant we were going to head to was closed for a private party, so we ended up at Kelsey's instead. We sat around and talked for quite a while before we ordered and we talked about everything adoption-related. After dinner, we were still talking and Juliette showed us pictures of her ADORABLE daughter, Maelle.

Maelle made each of us a little picture with stickers and she drew hearts all over the page. It was SO sweet. Juliette also gave each of us a pair of Robeez.

While we were talking, the waitress came over and asked if we wanted any dessert. We thought about it for a millisecond and then we each got one. Cari was trying to be good by not ordering one, but we swayed her to the dark side. ;)

Now, getting back to the title of the post...

Cari talked to our waitress about a petition she's gathering signatures for...it's to get equal maternity leave for adoptive parents. Our waitress (Adrianne) opened up and talked about how she's got family and friends who have been adopted or are going through the process. She asked Cari why she was putting the petition together and she explained that we are all in the process of adopting. Adrianne told us that she's got a boyfriend and they're going to wait to have kids, and so on. Anyways, we all thought she was very sweet and that was the end of it.

When the bills came, I looked at mine and noticed that the dessert wasn't on my bill. It wasn't on Michelle's, Cari's or Juliette's either...we were thinking of telling Adrianne about the desserts not being on the bill. That's when we noticed a pile of candies on the table with a piece of paper underneath it.

Written on the piece of paper was the following:

Ladies,

I think it is wonderful what you are all attempting to do. There are so many children who need lovely, caring homes which you are all unselfishly willing to provide. It is truly lovely. Dessert's on us tonight, we are the ones that can stand to be a bit more generous.

Thanks,
Adrianne


Is that not THE sweetest thing you've ever seen/read? Who does that? I swear I was about to cry when we were reading it. While we were paying our bills, the manager came over and saw Juliette trying to take a picture of the note (so we could all have it), and offered to photocopy it for us. She came back with the photocopies and then took our picture.

17 comments:

Beth said...

I got all teary. Sorry I missed it.

M and M said...

I WAS a GREAT evening!!

a Tonggu Momma said...

very sweet...

Johnny said...

Wow, very nice. And with your funky luck with wait staff, amazing!

kerri said...

That's awesome, what a wonderful way to end such a great evening)

Cari said...

It was so sweet and such a pleasure to meet Juliette in live person!!

Red Sand said...

Sweet people and an even sweeter gesture! Wow.

Janet said...

I got teary too. That is soooo nice.

Two Kayaks said...

No word of a lie...I have tears in my eyes.

Not too shabby for someone who's dead inside.

When you least expect it, people surprise the crap out of you...in a good way.

Lisa said...

Mopping up tears here. I love how adoption can touch those we never even suspect. Glad you had a great time.

Lisa

MotherMotherOcean said...

It is super kind. I want to kiss her.

Dolores and Shawn said...

That is amazing. What a sweet thing to do. It does restore my faith in humanity.

3D said...

Wow!! What an extra special touch on a super evening!

Keep smilin!

Two Kayaks said...

Nice New Blog, Chicka!!

crazylady said...

You mean, you're using your superhuman power for good?

Sorry to miss free calories.

Michele said...

This story brought tears to my eyes. The connections you make while on thie journey are truly precious.

Kristine and Shawn said...

Yep, it made me cry!! We were just back in Ont and I couldn't believe the difference in the wait staff there!! Here, there are so many jobs that the phrase "the customer is always right" has gone out the window. We are lucky to get a smile!!!