Pair celebrating 20th anniversary pays meal for couple married for 60 years

Amy Christie

A couple who lives in Sydney, Australia, was having a good time celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary. They went out to a restaurant on Lord Howe Island, located in New South Wales.

As soon as they heard that an elderly couple sitting at another table were celebrating 60 years of marriage, they gave them a kind surprise and paid for their meal.

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Steven and Julie McMaster were marking two decades of marriage when they learned that the elderly couple seated at the table next to theirs were also celebrating their marriage anniversary. They had been married for 60 years.

Julie started talking to the older woman, and she was delighted with their conversation and how positive she was.

And when they told the elderly couple what the special occasion was, they let them know they had been to Lord Howe Island eight times and had also had their honeymoon over there six decades before.

Julie, who has two teenage kids, was touched after seeing their loving gestures toward each other, and she remembered her parents, to whom she's very close. And witnessing their love inspired her to surprise them with something special.

So, she and Steven decided to treat the couple to their anniversary dinner, hoping to contribute to making the celebration unforgettable.

"They seemed like such a lovely couple, and I just wanted to do something that would hopefully make it a little more special," Julie shared with The Epoch Times.

She approached the restaurant staff and let them know they would be covering the check. And that's how she found out that it was also the older woman's birthday. Candles were lit, and everyone in the restaurant sang "Happy Birthday."

And that's when Julie realized the woman's name was Helen. When she returned to the hotel room that night, she understood why the woman's name brought her a memory.

"I follow Lord Howe Island on social media accounts. It dawned on me I had seen a comment from a lady who said she'd be celebrating her 60th anniversary, so I quickly grabbed my phone."

Indeed, it was the same woman who had posted online, and Julie was happy to know she'd contributed to making the occasion unique.

She's still surprised that she met the woman whose comment she read two weeks ago and that she sat beside her and her husband on that day.

Helen and her husband left the next day, but the McMasters found a note waiting for them with the restaurant staff.

Even though they didn't want them to know who paid for the meal, Helen and Robert, her husband, had learned about their kindness.

"Thank you for the lovely surprise; it touched us both more than we can say," the note said.

The endearing gesture touched the online community, and many people gathered to send good wishes to both couples.

The McMasters don't want to be praised for what they did, but they do hope their idea will inspire more people to do similar things.

Julie is convinced that it's worth trying to be kind every day, especially when so many people have endured hard times and restrictions.

"Kindness can go a long way. Nobody knows what people are going through. If an act of generosity brings happiness or a bit of joy, then why not?" she concluded.


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