Birthday parties are special occasions that celebrate life. These days are especially important for young children and teenagers who are looking forward to having the time of their life with all their friends by their side. Parents on the other hand would do anything for this memorable day that marks the end of the 365 day journey filled with amazing moments, and the start of another one, to be flawless.
One mother from Pennsylvania decided to throw a party for her daughter’s sixth birthday at Applebee’s and as the night was coming to an end, the waitress approached and announced something that left Jolie Welling in complete awe.
Six-year-old Sofia was eager for the day of her birthday to arrive because that meant a huge party, lots of smiley faces dancing to their favorite music, fancy food, and lots of cupcakes. Sounds pretty much like a perfect day in a kid’s life. But this sweet festivity had a different ending than that of most other kids’.
“We had drinks, appetizers, full-course meals,” Jolie recalled of the celebratory event. “We brought our own dessert — we had cupcakes — but that’s pretty expensive right there,”
said the mother, referring to the bill. But the night was rounded off by the sudden announcement that surprised the family.
“(The waitress) came over and announced to the table that an anonymous person paid our whole tab, and we were like, ‘What? Who?’ She was like, ‘I can’t tell you, they want to be anonymous,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my goodness,’” Jolie said. “The next thing, when we finally realized it, we started tearing up.”
Never in their wildest dreams did they think a complete stranger would give them such a generous present. It’s a day this family will never forget. Jollie said, “Life is so complicated as it is, and you just work and work and work and struggle, and you try to enjoy every moment you can, and having my 6-year-old see that someone did this act of kindness really shows her that there are good people in this world.”
We will add that because of people like this kind-hearted stranger, the world becomes a better place. Sharing is caring, and as long as we do good for others we’ll be able to experience true happiness.