Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Free food illustrates woman's character

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 4, 2013 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 3, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.

The word "generous" has three modern definitions in the Merriam-Webster dictionary: "characterized by a noble or forbearing spirit," "liberal in giving" and "marked by abundance or ample proportions."

A Victoria woman recently illustrated the meaning of this definition, showing and reminding us all of the importance of this concept in our daily lives not just for our loved ones but also for the strangers we may meet in our day-to-day lives as well.

Jazmun Gonzales is a 19-year-old Long John Silver's employee. The restaurant gives their employees a free meal when they work, but Gonzales usually doesn't eat hers. A few weeks ago, a family eating at the Navarro Street restaurant watched as a man came in and asked if he could have some of the complimentary peppermints. Instead of letting him take a few peppermints and leave, Gonzales told him to choose a meal from the menu. When the man told her he didn't have any money, she gave him her free meal. The family was impressed by this and sent a tip to the Victoria Advocate.

When our reporter spoke with Gonzales and Assistant Manager Alicia Flores, we discovered this was not an isolated incident. Gonzales and Flores have both given their free meals to customers before. But this time, Gonzales' good deed was noticed.

The actions of these two women are wonderful illustrations of generosity. It can be so easy when working at a counter all day to just ring up customers and shuttle people along, letting those with money pay and those without go elsewhere, but these two women chose to use a resource they were given to touch the lives of others rather than for themselves. This decision touches the first definition of generosity and gives evidence of their noble spirits. By making this a habit, they cover the second definition by giving liberally rather than a one-time donation. As for the third definition, a man who came into the restaurant asking for a few peppermints left with a full stomach. He asked for little and received a much.

These actions are a perfect illustration of generosity, and we applaud Gonzales for it. She saw an opportunity to bless someone in need and took action. We hope her actions inspire others as much as it did us.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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