A dad in Ohio was getting confused when he noticed a couple staring at both him and his son while they were in a restaurant. Once he returned to his car, however, he suddenly realized why.
In August 2016, Kevon Smith Sr. was having breakfast at Cracker Barrel in Willoughby with his 3-month-old son, Kevon Jr., when he noticed he was being watched. “I noticed this older couple over in the corner,” Smith told Cleveland 19. “They kept smiling at me and I was looking at my son like—what is going on?”
After Smith finished his meal and returned back to his car, he understood why the couple kept looking at him.
The couple had left a note and $20 on his windshield, with the intention for Smith to use the cash to pay for his breakfast.
The note reads: “We need more black dads like you. Today your meal is on my wife and me. Enjoy that baby boy as long as God intends.”
“Keep doing what you’re doing. The Masons.”
Smith was touched to receive the note and cash from the couple, because he felt that it was precious for him to spend time with his son, since he did not have a father while growing up.
“It’s great for me to be able to do this, and do it the right way—be there for him. And I know when he gets older, I’ll still be there for him,” he said.
“There’s a lot of guys I know that aren’t taking care of their kids. To show that not all of us are out here being gang bangers, some of us are out here being fathers,” he added.
Smith’s story and the heartwarming note soon appeared on the Facebook page of Love What Matters.
One wrote, “Such a sweet story. Just keep being a good father to your son so he will grow up to be a great father like you some day. God Bless the couple who paid for your meal and you and your son that you will have a great life.”
“A loved child can truly change the world. Good job daddy!” another commented.
“A loving caring parent or parents can change the world one child at a time,” another added.
When his son grows up, Smith will tell him about the warmhearted couple, and will also teach him to be kind. “I’m definitely going to make sure I’m paying it forward,” he said. “I get blessed. I want to bless someone else.”