Shelly and Mike Cawthra received a pleasant surprise recently while dining out. Another patron paid for their meal. (Cawthra photo)

LETTER: Langley’s kilted ‘Santa’ lookalike pledges to pay it forward

A local couple had their restaurant bill paid by anonymous strangers and wanted to acknowledge them

Dear Editor,

Giving doesn’t end on Dec. 26.

On Saturday evening, my wife and I were having dinner at the White Spot in Walnut Grove. We had returned home from a pleasant afternoon with my daughter, assembling a new cat playhouse/tree, for her new kitty, Baby Girl.

After having tea and tarts and watching the little black bundle of energy explore her new toy, it was time to go home. As neither my wife nor I really felt like cooking, we wound up at the Spot.

It was moderately busy, but we were seated fairly quickly. There was a large group of children seated next to us celebrating something. Of course, there was a sound level that one would expect from 20 active kids, but it wasn’t unbearable.

Our very attentive server (sorry, I didn’t get her name) apologized, but we fully understood the circumstance. We placed our order, and the appies were out in no time. The main courses arrived and were as good as always.

We were sitting just chatting after dinner when our server came over and informed us that the cost of our dinner had been covered by another couple in the restaurant. That couple left no message but that we were not to be told until they had left.

Now, some readers may know me from Walnut Grove as I often wear a kilt and some may know me because of my distinct resemblance to a certain seasonal character. I don’t know if it was “the power of the kilt” or “the power of the beard and belly” but something moved that couple to extend the season of giving.

Whatever the reason, I publicly wish to thank them for their generosity and wish them well not just for the holidays but for all their days.

Rest assured that I will “pay it forward” this time as I have done in years past.

Thank you for allowing me to share this story.

Mike and Shelly Cawthra, Walnut Grove

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Fort Langley Artists Group showcases art virtually to help hospice

Fifty per cent of painting proceeds will be donated to Langley Hospice Society

Family and friends mark birthday of teen who died after being discovered in Langley park

Carson Crimeni suffered an apparent drug overdose, his final moments broadcast on social media

VIDEO: Langley Ukulele Ensemble opens doors for socially distanced kids camp in August

Instructor Peter Luongo said precautions are being taken for the annual uke week, Aug. 24 to 28

VIDEO: Medea Ebrahimian mourned by friends and family

Memorial held for one the of three found dead at a house fire in Langley Meadows last month

LETTER: Police education and reform best solution

Langley man disagrees with defunding law enforcement, but says change is needed

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

Fraser Valley Bandits, CEBL bringing pro sports back later this month

Abbotsford-based basketball team kicks off CEBL Summer Series on July 26

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Semi and BMW collide on South Surrey highway

At least one person to hospital, both vehicles sustained significant damage

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

Most Read