We put a twist on the idea of a generous tip today. This day was originally created to give a waiter or waitress a little extra on the gratuity during lunch or dinner. Last year we gave a $20 tip on $14 lunch. This year we decided that we were going to stay home and eat dinner around our table. We were not going to go out so leaving a tip could be a challenge. Well, not really.
I had to stop at Walgreen’s today to pick up some medicine. As I got out of the car, I heard the familiar sound of a Salvation Army bell ringer. At that moment, I knew exactly what I was going to do. As I approached the store, I watched the ringer greet shoppers with a big smile and Merry Christmas. The holiday, giving spirit could be seen and heard in him. I dropped a few coins in the kettle and then turned to gentleman with an outstretched hand. I shook his hand and gave him a few dollars. I thanked him for supporting the Salvation Army and for being positive in doing so. He just smiled as he stared at me. It was only a few dollars, but it was my way of saying thanks to him.
Day 7 is called Treat a Stranger. We encourage you buy someone a coffee or a soda. Pay for someone’s meal in the drive-thru of your favorite restaurant. It is totally up to you. Just take some time and say “it’s my treat” to a stranger.