Being away from your family is the hardest part of relocating. Even if the move doesn’t take you very far, contact with loved ones decreases invariably.
For those who leave their home country, the separation is all the more difficult. With thousands of miles, and a significant difference in time zones, communication is typically infrequent.
Ben Millar moved over 4,500 miles from Ireland to start a new life in Houston, Texas. It had been a few years since he’d returned home and seen his folks.
A lot had changed in his life while he was in Texas, and he was desperate to share it with his family back home. Waiting tables to get by, cost was a major issue keeping him from going back.
Ben Millar, 22 at the time, began to chat with a family dining at the restaurant where he was serving tables.
In November 2016, Millar was waiting on a table where a man identified only as Jeffery was sitting with his family. He took their order and spoke with them casually, mentioning that he was originally from Ireland.
“I jokingly said, ‘I wish I could go back that often to see my family,'” Millar told ABC. “I thought nothing of it, and we all joked after.”
As the evening progressed, the server told his table of diners that his girlfriend was pregnant with their first child. Once the baby was born, he wanted to introduce the new family he created to the one he left in Ireland.
As far as Millar was concerned, it was all chit-chat, and the table of hungry customers weren’t giving what he was saying too much thought.
Jeffery’s family finished their meal and asked for the check, leaving an unexpected tip, and hand-written message.
My boyfriend got this tip last night at work. He's from Ireland and is trying to take us back there once Killian is born…
Jeffery and his family paid their bill and left the restaurant. When Millar went to clear the table, he noticed a shockingly high amount left for him as his tip: $750.
It was the most anyone in the restaurant had ever received from a single table.
“Hopefully, this can get you back to Ireland for the holidays. Jeffery,” the note written in the margins of the receipt read.
The waiter was floored, and his girlfriend, Taryn Keith, posted the image of the receipt to her Facebook page.
Millar and Keith are now engaged to be married, and on January 30, 2017, the couple welcomed their healthy newborn.
The couple dotes on their now 1-year-old son Killian, who sports a shock of red hair similar to his father’s.
While it’s unclear if the family has made their trip to Northern Ireland yet, when the time comes, Millar hopes to reconnect with Jeffery and thank him for his much appreciated help.
“Love if Jeffrey could come over when I go back, so I can show him the true Northern Ireland, not just the tourist aspect,” Millar said to KSL.com.