Four of us took the obligatory limo to our high school senior prom, my girlfriend and I, and another couple. After the prom, we stopped at an IHOP for some munchies, still in our tuxedos and dresses. Surprisingly, the place was actually pretty busy so early in the morning.
Anyway, when we were about ready to leave, I asked our waitress for the check. She said it had already been paid. What? Who paid it? The guy at the table behind us had paid our tab.
Weird, but we turned to thank him, and he explained that back on his prom night many years ago, someone had done the same for him and his friends. The guy who had paid his tab also explained that someone had done it for him years earlier. Now it’s our turn to pass it on.
I’ve long since lost touch with the kids I was with that night, but I’ve never forgotten the pact to which we’d been committed. Over the years, I’ve had numerous chances to settle the debt… prom groups are easy to spot. But, I’ve yet to actually do it. I can’t help but feel like a weirdo engaging a group of teens on their prom night.
So I’m thinking of creating something like a laminated business card with an explanation of the history of the free prom dinner, and the expectation that it be paid forward someday. Figure the next time opportunity presents itself I can just settle their tab with the waitress, and ask her to give them the card. That way, it’s anonymous, but I will have held up my end of the deal.
What say y’all? Still weird?