In August 2016, Ohio resident Kevon Smith, Sr. was enjoying what he thought was a typical breakfast with his infant son. The two were dining at a Cracker Barrel store—a restaurant that specializes in a menu full of southern-style fare, with an accompanying gift shop.
What Kevon didn’t know was that he had piqued the interest of a couple sitting and eating nearby. When he returned to his car, he was surprised by something that they’d left behind. Check out this touching story about one random act of kindness and its impact on a single father.
12. Only 22
He’s also a dedicated father, and his friends and family take notice. Comments on his Facebook page include “You are a wonderful young dad, keep up the good job!” and “You’d be surprised by how many people you inspire just by doing what you are born to do.”
11. Ordinary Day
It didn’t take long for Kevon to notice something out of the ordinary. While he ate his breakfast and kept his son entertained, he realized that he was being watched.
10. Being Watched
Kevon Smith, Sr. later told the Cleveland 19 News, “I noticed this older couple over in the corner—they kept smiling at me and I was looking at my son like, ‘What is going on?'”
9. A Surprise
Once he returned to his car, he was in for a surprise. There was a note tucked into his windshield.
8. A Note
Smith opened up the note. After he read through it, he realized that it had been left by the older couple who had been checking him out in the restaurant. It turned out that the couple had taken quite an interest in what was a normal day for the Smiths.
7. Breakfast On Us
Signed by the Masons, it was a quite unexpected message for Kevon and his son. They had truly just been enjoying a normal day!
6. More Than Words
Upon further inspection, Smith quickly learned that the note was more than just a nice message from a nice couple. Within the envelope, the Masons had also included enough cash to pay for the Smiths’ morning meal. Quite a surprise, indeed, and a great example of random acts of kindness!
5. Single Father
There is valid reasoning behind their comment that the world needs more “black dads” like Kevon. The 2010 U.S. Census report revealed that 57.6% of black children lived in homes without a biological father.
“There’s a lot of guys I know that aren’t taking care of their kids,” said Smith later. He added, “Some of us are out here being fathers.”
Black fathers are more likely to live separately from their children—this is the statistic that’s usually used to support arguments for the parenting “crisis.” But many of these dads remain just as involved in their kids’ lives.
3. By The Numbers
Pew estimates that 67% of black dads who don’t live with their kids see them at least once a month, compared to 59% of white dads and just 32% of Hispanic dads. So while some might think Kevon is an uncommon example, he is not.
It’s still an inspiring story, though. “It’s great for me able to do this and do it the right way, be there for him,” Smith said of his son. “And when he gets older, I’ll still be there for him.”
2. Lots Of Love
“It’s crazy my son is famous at four months,” Kevon wrote on his Facebook page in September 2016. “Lady in Walmart asked to take a picture with him. People recognize us out in public. That’s wild!”
1. Pay It Forward
It’s a good idea, too. Random acts of kindness can span from simple acts like holding a door for someone to paying for a coffee—or an entire breakfast, like the Masons in this story.
Would you like to take part in a random act of kindness of your own? Here are a few ideas:
• Compliment someone as you pass them on the street.
• Send a letter to Cards for Hospitalized Kids. They deliver to children in United States Hospitals.
• In a drive-thru, purchase your order and the order behind you as well.
• Leave extra quarters in the laundry room.
• Drop off food or cleaning supplies at a local animal rescue.
• Return a shopping cart for someone loading groceries into their car.
• Send a “thinking of you” card to a friend across the country.