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Sunshine on a grey November morning

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What a lovely surprise awaited my two friends and I when we finished our breakfast at the Polo Park Pancake House recently.

We were enjoying our last sip of coffee and were about to ask for the bill when our waiter came over to our table. With a big smile on his face, he told us that our breakfast had already been paid for.

We learned it was a gift from two ladies who had also been having breakfast. We wanted to say thank you to these two strangers, but when we looked over to where we were told they had been sitting, they had already left the restaurant.

We sat a while and pieced together the events that could possibly be the answer to the question: "Why us?"

My two friends had never been to this restaurant before and, in searching for parking, ended up in the parkade on Level 2A (or maybe 2B?) They got out of their truck and stood there searching for a sign that would point them to the restaurant. Then along came two friendly ladies who offered to show them the way. They, too, were going to breakfast at the Pancake House.

My friends thanked them for their help and wished them a pleasant day. Perhaps it was the perplexed look on the faces of two people obvious in need of direction, or perhaps it was the friendly chatter as they walked along together that prompted two ladies to act as they did.

I think the true answer is that we were the recipients of a random act of kindness. We want those two nice ladies to know that we appreciated their gift to us. Their kindness was like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy grey November morning. We walked out of that restaurant with a warm, fuzzy feeling, almost like getting a hug.

Thank you, Christie and Denise. We are thinking that you enjoyed "the doing" and "the giving" as much as we enjoyed the receiving. We will pay it forward. Many thanks. Our best to you.

— Shirley Augustine, East St Paul, Frank and Shan Hornby, Headingley

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