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Today, one of my regular customers, an elderly woman who has been eating in our restaurant almost every evening for the better part of a decade, left me $1,000 in cash for her $12 meal. With the cash, she left a small post-it note that said, “Thank you for everything. Your smile and hospitable service over the years gave me something to look forward to every evening at dinnertime. In a way, you filled part of the void in my life after my husband passed away. Tomorrow morning I’m moving across the state to live with my son’s family. May the rest of your life treat you as well as you have treated me.” MMT

#17928 (0) - Feb 10, 2014 by Devon - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (734) - No, that made me sleepy. (19)

Today, on my 18th birthday, exactly 10 years after he lost his life in Iraq, I received a hand written letter from my father. It was postmarked overseas and accompanied by an anonymous post-it note that read, “Your father was a hero. He wrote this letter in the hospital 10 years ago. I’m just fulfilling my promise to him. He wanted you to have this for your 18th birthday. Happy birthday!” MMT

#17927 (2) - Feb 9, 2014 by Nick - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (653) - No, that made me sleepy. (19)

Today, I stumbled across this site. I immediately fell in love with it, and decided to read many stories. I came across one talking about how the writer's mother was cleared of cancer on his recent birthday. It was posted on my 16th birthday. I think it is a sign that my birthday wish for my mother's cancer to not come back just might come true. MMT

#17926 (0) - Feb 8, 2014 by Kelsey - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (268) - No, that made me sleepy. (93)

Today, I still love you even though you lied to the police and had me arrested at work. I have so many reasons to be mad at you, but I constantly think about you and the two wonderful children's lives you allowed me to be a part of. I've realized I've never missed or loved someone this much and the fact that you can't even answer the phone when I call hurts more than anything I've ever experienced. MMT

#17925 (0) - Feb 7, 2014 by Anonymous - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (186) - No, that made me sleepy. (72)

Today, it has been exactly two months since my beloved cat died, yet he keeps hanging out in my peripheral vision - a fleeting orange streak in the corner of my eye every now and then, as though to assure me he is doing OK. MMT

Today, my wretched, drug-addicted brother admitted he saw our grandmother's death, the grandmother we lived with until the eighth grade, as merely an opportunity to miss a few hours of school. MMT

#17923 (0) - Feb 5, 2014 by me - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (243) - No, that made me sleepy. (23)

Today, because of my parent’s recent divorce and ongoing hostility, I could barely hold back my tears at school. My Chemistry teacher noticed and asked me to stay after class. We spent an hour after school ended just chatting in his classroom. His kindness helped me in more ways than he could ever imagine. MMT

#17922 (0) - Feb 4, 2014 by trickstar - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (363) - No, that made me sleepy. (14)

Today, the very first homeless man we assisted at our shelter and soup kitchen is now the head chef and director of community affairs. MMT

#17921 (0) - Feb 3, 2014 by gerobby - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (458) - No, that made me sleepy. (11)

Today, I collapsed onto my knees when the vet told me she had cancer, but she trotted over and snuggled her head into my lap to comfort me, sensing only my sadness. MMT

#17920 (0) - Feb 2, 2014 by christine - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (437) - No, that made me sleepy. (18)

Today, I will never again live in a world as bright and as beautiful as I did yesterday, when my wife was still alive. MMT

#17919 (2) - Feb 1, 2014 by pete - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (408) - No, that made me sleepy. (27)

Today, my son said he had moved on from his mom’s passing, who died from a stroke five years ago, but as he stared at the spot on the kitchen floor where she died, I knew he hadn't. MMT

#17918 (0) - Jan 31, 2014 by Kev0 - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (361) - No, that made me sleepy. (11)

Today, my father didn’t seem to think twice about lighting a cigarette outside the hospital as my stepmom, who doesn’t smoke, was being treated for lung cancer. MMT

#17917 (0) - Jan 30, 2014 by atic2 - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (406) - No, that made me sleepy. (24)

Today, my mom didn’t shed one tear at my father’s funeral. And neither did I. MMT

#17916 (0) - Jan 29, 2014 by mpdr - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (313) - No, that made me sleepy. (40)

Today, I watched the old video footage my dad filmed at the beach before he started the chemo 5 years ago. And about 20 minutes into it I suddenly realized that he was filming the beach simply because it was the last time he would ever see it again. MMT

#17915 (1) - Jan 28, 2014 by Kate - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (375) - No, that made me sleepy. (20)

Today, after my team won the state championship, I looked around for my father, who never showed, and I realized his disappointment from a son who didn't enjoy sports was never amended or improved by a daughter – me – who was ecstatic to fill that void. MMT

#17914 (0) - Jan 27, 2014 by justadaughter - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (385) - No, that made me sleepy. (30)

Today, I stood in line at a wake for 7 hours to meet the parents and sisters of the boy who showed me how real men treat their girlfriends. We never said a word, just shook hands. And now, when I look for my soul mate, whoever that might be, I'll always look for the one who looks at me the way he looked at her. Their love was the love of a lifetime, even if that lifetime never reached 20. Those stolen lovestruck glances he always gave her will forever MMT.

#17913 (0) - Jan 26, 2014 by Anonymous - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (278) - No, that made me sleepy. (62)

Today, my dad told me, “It wasn't until a few hours later that I found out the phone call from your mom that her water broke, and that you were on your way into this world, saved my life, just in the nick of time, from a freak explosion at the factory where I worked. But I still think about the Gary sometimes, who filled in for me that morning. He didn’t make it.” MMT

#17912 (1) - Jan 25, 2014 by fay - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (440) - No, that made me sleepy. (20)

Today, after my college graduation ceremony, I went out to eat with my grandfather. When I asked him what his best advice for me was, as I prepare for a big move to New York City for a job next week, he grabbed a napkin off the table and wrote this: “Don’t sweat the small stuff. Live simply. Love generously. Speak truthfully. Work diligently. Then let go and let what's meant to be, BE.” MMT

#17911 (0) - Jan 24, 2014 by livingfast - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (353) - No, that made me sleepy. (38)

Today, before I burned it in our fireplace, I re-read the suicide note I wrote five years ago, and instantly began crying with tears of joy… thankful that my best friend, who’s now my wife, showed up at my front door that day to tell me she was worried about me. MMT

#17910 (0) - Jan 23, 2014 by Carleigh - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (444) - No, that made me sleepy. (15)

Today, my planning came in handy. When I was younger, one thing I used to obsess about was how I'd get my dog out of my window to save him if our house caught on fire. This afternoon, I used my plan to save my two baby sisters, my mom, my dog, and myself. MMT

#17909 (0) - Jan 22, 2014 by justason - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (604) - No, that made me sleepy. (16)

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