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Enjoy a Bottle of Wine on Me

A few years ago I met several old friends at a restaurant. We ate, laughed, shared stories and had a wonderful time. After a couple of hours we started to wrap up the night when the waiter stopped by with a bottle of wine. We all glanced at one another with puzzled looks. "Who ordered the wine?" someone finally said. The waiter answered and told us that the bottle of wine was ordered by a husband and wife that were sitting at a nearby table. They already left the restaurant so we couldn’t thank them or even see who the mystery couple was, but they asked the waiter to bring over a bottle of wine as their compliments to the women who were having so much fun. Believe it or not, the wine that they selected has since become my favorite (Black Opal Shiraz) and I enjoy a good memory every time I have glass. In addition, the couple’s random act of kindness has inspired me to try the same trick. About once a year I spot some friends or a romantic couple at dinner and send over an anonymous bottle of wine as my compliments. My hope is that it may make them smile and inspire them to shower a simple act of kindness upon another stranger.

~Colleen C., Fitchburg, WI

Check out The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. This non-profit foundation inspires people to practice kindness and to "pass it on" to others. They provide free educational and community ideas, guidance, and other resources to kindness participants through their website at www.actsofkindness.org.





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Tradition Comments

Liz Harmon says:

It's fun to treat strangers (or virtual strangers) to something unexpected every once in awhile. I'm not sure if it's more fun to give in these circumstances or to receive. Keep up the fun! For those of you that don't want to send wine, how about treating a family to a dessert to share. I might just have to give this tradition a try.

06/02/2008 10:10 PM
Laura V. says:

This reminds me of something cool that happened to me once when I was out to dinner with my three screaming kids at McDonald's. I was having a particularly bad day... all the kids were misbehaving and I was tempted to just pick up and leave the store. After I ordered our meals, the cashier told me everything was already paid for by the customer that had just ordered in front of me. I couldn't believe it! It was so generous and it really made my day!

06/23/2008 02:41 PM

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