Dad notices couple staring at his son in Cracker Barrel, finds uplifting note on his windshield

Posted at 2:16 PM, Aug 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-29 16:16:55-04

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — A dad was enjoying breakfast with his son at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Ohio when he noticed an older couple staring and him and his son.

“I noticed this older couple over in the corner,” Smith said. “They kept smiling at me and I was looking at my son like– ‘what is going on?’”

After he finished his breakfast and left the restaurant, he found a note on his car and cash to pay for the breakfast. The note said: “We need more black dads like you,” according to WOIO.

The note went on to say:

“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 by the strangers’ generosity, especially because he says he didn’t have a father figure growing up, making the time he spends with his son even more precious.

“There’s a lot of guys I know that aren’t taking care of their kids,” said Smith. “To show that not all of us are out here being gang bangers. Some of us are out here being fathers.”

Smith says he’ll share the story with his son when he grows up and teach him how kindness really does goes a long way.

“I’m definitely going to make sure I’m paying it forward,” he said. “I get blessed — I want to bless someone else.”