Thinking of Others

pennies on diner bill plate

I read on the internet the following important life lesson. It was titled: “Always Remember Those Who Serve”

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table.  A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

“How much is the ice cream sundae?” he asked.  “Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. “Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired.

Buy now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.  “Thirty-five cents,” she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins.  “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away.  The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.

When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table.  There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies.

You see, he couldn’t have the ice cream sundae because he had to have enough to leave her a tip.

So what lessons do you see in this story?  Maybe one of them could be: Always take care of others.  There are probably a couple of additional lessons for life in this story.