Retired Veteran Shows Up At Teen's Graduation, Slips Something In Her Hand She'll Never Forget
Cailyn Finkel 5/24/2017
Megan is a hardworking teenager - she spent her high school years working at a local chain restaurant, studying for school and spending the little free time she had left with her loved ones.
But as the years passed, Megan made a very special friend....
It all began when Megan was hired on at a Captain D's Seafood restaurant near her home. Even though the shifts were tiresome and the job itself wasn't her favorite, one particular customer made it all worthwhile.
Megan told the Love What Matters Facebook page why this regular meant so much to everyone who worked there.
"Two years ago I started working at Captain D's Seafood. We had an elderly customer come in who was a veteran. He became a regular and someone we counted on to brighten our days.
He was always such a nice and funny man and always knew how to make us laugh. Quickly, many of us began to grow close to him.
We learned that he had served over 20 years in the military and his wife had recently died from cancer. His son is active in the marines as well.
Each time he came in we would talk to him and he would always ask us how life was or what our plans were or how our day was. This man hasn't been simply kind, he has been supportive, there for all of us. He always made us laugh."
The man's happy demeanor made the long shifts that much better, and everyone cherished his visits to the restaurant.
But when it came time for the biggest moment in Megan's life thus far, her high school graduation, she got the best surprise ever!
"I graduated Friday night. He surprised me and showed up in a suit, all dressed up! He stood there and got so proud when they called my name.
I'm leaving for college in a few days and we said our goodbyes and he handed me one hundred dollars.... and refused to take any back. So I guess the moral of my story is this: no matter how big or how small your job is, there is always someone watching.
Someone who will care. Someone who will support you. Or listen. Always be nice. Always be kind.
You never know."
Seeing him cheering in the stands was the cherry on top of a great high school career!
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Megan was right; even when you think no one is paying attention to your actions, they are. That's why it's always best to act with kindness and be a friend to everyone!
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