Secret Valentine One Year Later – Have Dinner on Me!

I don’t know if you remember, but last year, a stranger bought my dinner on Valentine’s Day. I was traveling back from Pittsburgh, Claudio was flying back from work, and Maximo and I stopped in the middle of no where PA at Cracker Barrel to eat and take a break. It took me a few minutes to understand why everyone was staring at Maximo and I with looks of pity and compassion, until I realized, I looked like a single mom taking her son out on Valentine’s Day.

I almost wasn’t surprised when the waitress said someone had paid for our meal, but it still made me teary-eye when I read the receipt and it said:

“Enjoy the best Valentine you’ll ever have – your son.”

I still have the receipt hanging up on my office bulletin board.


Read “My Secret Valentine”, here.

So – when Baby Does NYC asked me to join up and do a Valentine’s dinner giveaway, I thought it was the perfect way to #payitforward on the anniversary of this selfless act.

You can enter here to win a beautiful romantic dinner for two in NYC, and of course some bubbly and DELICIOUS chocolates from DCS Chocolates. 



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Author: Stephanie Barnhart

Stephanie Barnhart is Author/Founder of, New York Editor for Mommy Nearest Magazine, and Founder/Social Media Strategist of Stephanie is also a speaker of best online practices for small business and soloprenurs, as well as an educator to parents on social media monitoring. She has also been seen in the New York Times, PARENTGUIDE News, NY Metro Parent, ABC News, and been a contributing author on various websites.

  • Christine Hutchinson

    That is such a sweet Valentine memory and what an awesome giveaway. I wish that I was headed to NYC for valentines day but I’ll be home in Pittsburgh with my sweetie!

    • Stephanie

      It’s so sweet that it happened on Maximo and my first Valentine together too. Enjoy the burgh I’m missing it right now and be sure to say hi if you head to the Big Apple!

  • Elizabeth

    That is so sweet. I would have cried too!

  • Allison Cooper

    I love this story! So glad that I got to hear it in person this week!