A Wonderful Gesture

August 3, 2013 Updated Aug 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM EDT

By WKBW News

August 3, 2013 Updated Aug 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM EDT

We were at a local restaurant Friday night (wonderful Italian restaurant near Sheridan and Evans in Williamsville named Romeo and Juliet's) sitting in the waiting area just inside the doors while our table was prepared.

Petty cozy there - a small waiting area that tonight we shared with a gentleman who was waiting for his take out order and who seemed to be paying no particular attention to my husband, myself and our adult disabled son.

At any rate, the man's order was called, and as he passed us on his way out, laden with his food, he stopped to shake our son's hand and to wish him, and us, a wonderful evening and a nice dinner - while he pressed 2 $20 bills into our son's hand and fled! I followed out him trying to return his money, certainly with great thanks and appreciation, but asking that he please take his money back. He raced out the door insisting that we keep it and have a nice dinner on him!

Later when we tried, fruitlessly, to find out who the man was, our restaurant host and dear friend, who, by the way, is a recently naturalized American citizen, said, "Americans! No one else does things like that!"

It was a lovely, spontaneous, and very generous gesture that we will always remember. Further, we would love to return his thoughtfulness if our paths ever cross again at that wonderful Italian restaurant near the corner of Sheridan and Evans. (Others need not apply - we will always remember this particular gentleman's face.)

And, just a comment about those handicapped individuals who live among us, and our darling son in particular - we have to say that our son has opened many doors for us, and many people have approached us and spoken with us, who we feel never would have thought to do so if it weren't for his being along.

Thanks for listening. We are very fortunate people!

Randy & Nancy

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