We almost never know the stories behind the strangers with whom we interact when out in public. We don’t know their history, struggles, hopes, and dreams.
Sometimes, we are able to get just a glimpse into a stranger’s life, though. That glimpse often leaves room for the type of human connection that reminds us of the kindness that’s still in the world.
Shiela Weisgerber was on the receiving end of great kindness all because strangers took the time to listen to her story.
Her story goes far beyond the fact that she is a bartender at First and Last Chance Bar in North Dakota.
Weisgerber is a mother and grandmother. While those roles are certainly common, her specific situation is rather unique.
Her daughter, Stephanie, became pregnant with triplet boys and already had a toddler.
Bentley, Ashton, and Dalton were born, and the responsibility of caring for them and their older brother was overwhelming for the single mom.
Stephanie loved her sons but felt she couldn’t raise them herself. So Weisgerber “did what she had to do to keep her family together.”
According to ABC News, Weisgerber explained, “She tried to do it, and when the boys were two months, she said she couldn’t do it, so I stepped in and offered to raise the boys…I do what I gotta do each day, and it works.”
“At first it was very overwhelming,” Weisgerber said. “And, at first I thought I bit off more than I could chew.” But a factor in making it work financially is Weisgerber’s tips from bar-tending.
A particular tip she received in April 2016 was unforgettable.
It all began when regulars at the bar were talking with Weisberger about the triplets. A couple from out of town were in the area for a funeral and decided to stop at the bar for some drinks.
They overheard pieces of the bartender’s conversation and eventually began chatting with her.
The couple listened to her story about why she was raising her grandsons and viewed pictures of the triplets that Weisberger proudly showed off.
Their tab was $33, but they left a $300 tip! On the receipt, they left a note which read: “Take care of those boys!!”
Weisberger split the $300 among the triplets, depositing $100 in each of their saving accounts.
The couple gave this hard-working and selfless grandma two gifts: the generous tip and the willingness to listen to Weisberger’s story, which allowed them to offer support and encouragement in multiple ways.
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