Sunday, December 29, 2019

Georgia Single-Mom Waitress Receives $1K Holiday Tip

A table of generous restaurant patrons paid it forward to one appreciative waitress over the weekend.

On Saturday, Daryl Collett was serving guests as usual at the Milledgeville, Georgia, restaurant Ole’ Chobys — one of the two jobs she works in order to raise her 3-year-old son, Cash, as a single parent.

When she cleared one of her tables during her shift, Collett found a shockingly large cash tip left behind  — and it turns out the party of eight diners had specifically requested to be seated at Collett’s table in order to leave her the holiday gift.

For Collett, literally that was the best feeling ever. She was shocked, happy and so emotional.

American Veteran, 97, and French woman, 92, Who Fell In Love During World War II Meet Again 75 Years Later In Emotional Reunion

In the midst of World War II, a young American soldier fell head over heels in love for an 18-year-old French girl while he was stationed in her small hometown. 

Fast-forward 75 years and KT Robbins, now 97, has finally been reunited with the woman whose picture he has treasured for more than half a century. 

Robbins was a 24-year-old soldier in the US Army when he first laid eyes on Jeannine Ganaye, now 92, in the northeastern French town of Briey in 1944. 

The pair quickly fell in love but, two months later, Robbins was told he had to quickly leave the village and head to the Eastern Front to fight against the Axis Powers. I told her maybe I'll come back and take you, but it did not happen like that. When he left in the truck I cried, of course, I was very sad.

When the war came to an end in 1945, Pierson began learning basic English phrases, hoping Robbins would one day return for her. 

Instead Robbins went back to America, getting married and starting a family in Mississippi. Pierson also fell in love again, having five children of her own. 

But Robbins never forgot about his French lover, keeping a black-and-white photo of Pierson and her village tucked away for decades. 

And he still had that photo when he was approached by a group of French journalists for a report on World War II veterans in the United States. 

Robbins showed them Pierson's photo and told them he would like to return to her village 'to find her family' while he was in France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. 

He assumed that Pierson had passed away. But the journalists managed to track down Pierson, finding her at a retirement home in Montigny-lès-Metz, Moselle, about 27 miles from where the pair first met. They arranged a reunion for Robbins and Pierson at the retirement home, telling the veteran: 'She's alive, and she's waiting for you'. 

The emotional reunion was caught on camera as they gazed into each other’s eyes for the first time in 75 years.

I always loved you. You never got out of my heart,’ Robbins told his long-lost love.
When asked why he never came back for her, he replied: ‘You know, when you get married, after that you can’t do it anymore.’

After a few hours together, Robbins had to head off to the anniversary celebrations in Normandy, but the widowed pair promised to meet again, sharing a tender kiss for the first time in 75 years.

Kind School Bus Driver Braids Hair Every Morning For Student Who Lost Her Mother

A kind bus driver in Utah has been styling the hair of an 11-year-old student whose mother died two years ago.

Tracy Dean, 47, who has been driving a bus for Alpine School District for 10 years, recently began braiding the hair of a young student on her morning route, Isabella Pieri.

Isabella's mom, Patricia Pieri, died two years ago from a rare brain illness. I can tell she was struggling with her hair. We usually do two French braids first and once in a while she just wants one braid. I also taught her how to brush her hair.

Philip Pieri, 47, said he works grueling hours at a convenience store near his home in American Fork, Utah. When his wife died, he tried to fix his daughter's hair. But she would get mad at me for pulling her hair One day Isabella came home from school and it looked beautiful. I call her my princess and she looks the part, she plays the part and her confidence is way up, which is what I've been intending.

Dean, who has four children including an 11-year-old of her own, said it's "no big deal" that she braids Isabella's hair each morning.

"It's just the way my mom raised me, to be nice to everyone -- people who need a little love in their life," Dean said. "I like to give all of the kids a chance -- even the naughty kids."

Pieri said he's extremely grateful to Dean for showing kindness to his little girl.

"She's such a nice woman," he said.