Today we celebrated the “dog days of summer” with a visit to our local amusement park, Busch Gardens. It’s always a little tricky to find a summer fun activity that appeals to the vast ages of all my kiddos (ages 14, 9, and 3 respectively). Busch Gardens is the one place where everyone has fun, even if it means we separate into pairs.
After several hours riding rides and seeing the sights, we were famished. Add to that 90+ degree weather, we were desperate to find a shaded area to sit and eat lunch. We decided to enjoy a meal and a show in the Ristorante della Piazza, an outdoor Italian themed restaurant in the heart of the park. As I was purchasing our meals, I received this coupon from the cashier:
This was a first! I’ve never received a coupon at checkout before! Of course, it had to be used the same day, for another meal later in the evening, but 50% off a meal at the park is quite a savings indeed!
The kids and I settled in to watch the show and munch on breadsticks and homemade macaroni and cheese. The performance was delightfully loud and entertaining. The musicians’ talent and comedy routines reminded me of the days when I used to work at Kings Dominion as a guardette and hang out with the Kings Dominion Clown Band (KDCBOK). Which, of course, has nothing to do with this Random Act of Kindness, just a memory moment that made me smile. 🙂
As the show came to a close, we cleaned up our table and gathered our belongings. I noticed the coupon sitting on my tray and suddenly realized I could use it to bless someone else! I quickly returned to the cashier and asked to borrow a pen. Hastily, I scribbled a note on my receipt and decided that I would pass along my coupon to someone entering the park as we left. Oh, just the thought of such a surprise made me happy!
I chose this RAK dedication for Jesse Lewis, age 6, whose parents have set up the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation in his memory. As you know I am a passionate believer that a little bit of love and kindness goes a long, long way to making this world a better place. No act of kindness is ever too small to make a difference!
We made our way to the front of the park and I spotted a family of five walking in. I noticed the dad had a season pass hanging from a black lanyard around his neck, but arriving so late in the afternoon maybe they would be staying until the park close and needed a discount on a meal? I approached the dad with a smile and asked if they would be eating dinner in the park. “No, sorry, we’re just here to ride a few rides,” he replied, not missing a beat in his brisk walk towards the main entrance. “Oh, Ok. Thanks! I just had a coupon for a discounted meal. I’ll find someone else.”
Before I could turn my gaze away, I was approached by a lady with a huge smile and bright, friendly eyes. “I’d be interested! I love coupons!” Returning her smile, I handed her the coupon and my note and explained the purpose of this RAK. She was very appreciative for the kind gesture and gave me a hug as I described the dedication to Jesse. Our exchange was short and sweet, a perfect way to end the day.
May your weekend be filled with peace, happiness, and hugs! Be blessed, my friends!