A kind Mother’s Day gesture

2017-05-23 06:00

On this special day I had the delightful company of the two senior ladies in my life who opted for an early light lunch at Soneike Spur before embarking on a car trip and afternoon tea along the peninsula coastline to savour the most beautiful sunshine day.

When I called for the bill, I was astounded to hear that it had been settled, very quietly and very discreetly, by people seated at a table nearby before they departed.

I was extremely humbled by this kind gesture, but saddened at the same time for not having had the opportunity to at least reciprocate with a huge bear hug.

With all sorts of thoughts running amok, it was the response from the waiter – “Because it’s Mother’s Day” – that got me emotional. Here we were, enjoying the togetherness on this special day, while so many others out there only have the loving memories of their special times on days like these – a harsh reminder that all too soon our seniors can be taken from us or become neglected or forgotten in their twilight years, when all they really want is to be loved.

Such generosity, especially amongst strangers, is a very rare occasion. This gesture will be paid forward – with just as much love and inspiration – in the absence of that bear hug so deeply deserved.

Humbly Inspired Cape Town

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