There’s More To Dinner Out Than A Meal

20141130_152302Gale and I have been spending the Thanksgiving Holidays with my family in North Carolina where I grew up. My 91-year-old mom still lives in the house we boys (3) grew up in. After Thanksgiving we traveled down to the coast where my younger brother and his family live on Ocean Isle Beach. After a long day which included a trip to the local Emergency Room (turned out to be nothing major, but disconcerting when you’re away from home) and a beautiful afternoon on the beach, we decided to treat ourselves to dinner out at a local restaurant. Our waitress (Marcie) was a talkative bundle of energy. She was actually glad to have worked on Thanksgiving Day (their busiest day) and was a little concerned that tonight was slow in her section. As we were preparing to leave Gale said, “I’ve got some extra ones if you want to leave her a little extra tip.” I gave her my “Cheshire Cat” grin which meant I had a different idea. You know, the look that makes spouses roll their eyes in a combination of fear and anticipation. I reached into my wallet and pulled out $20, along with a “My Brother’s Keeper” conspiracy card. I folded the bill up and placed the card on top, followed by a salt shaker to hold them in place. As we headed for the door I saw Marcie and said, “Left something on the table for you.” I always wonder how people will respond to such things. Our path back to the car took us by the window where we had been seated. “Look!” Gale said with an excited giggle. It was Marcie. She had raised the blind and was standing at the window, waving and patting her chest, saying “Thank you.” ┬áSometimes, eating out is about more than the meal. It’s about those moments God offers us to connect with people and to do good. I like to think of it as sowing the seed of the Kingdom in forms people can understand and appreciate. Now, it’s your turn to do good and to spread the conspiracy!MBK Conspiracy Card - Front