RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
ARE CONTAGIOUS – CATCH THEM!
Enough with all the political insults! “He did this; she said that; Liar! Cheater! Thief! Pig!” You get the idea.
How about being kind to one another? The interesting thing about being kind to people is that it not only affects you and that person, it affects anyone who witnesses it, too.
And boy I had a morning of both experiencing and witnessing.
GRAMMIE, FIX IT – PLEASE!
It all began with a birthday party. My granddaughter was turning nine, and she wanted to have a “Paris Fashion Show” Party. She and her mom had bought some of the decorations. Here’s the discussion between us:
E = Wow! Wait until you see this! We bought this way-cool pink paper runway!
Me = Great! Let’s put it down. (I started spreading it out in the family room.)
E = Ugh! No! It doesn’t look right on top of the patterned rug!
Me = Well, we can’t pick up the rug.
E = Oh! Grammie, fix it – please! It will make my birthday sooo much better.
All you grandparents out there know that a plea from a grandchild (especially with the cutest dimples ever!) is all we have to hear.
And so began my trip to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores in Houston, Texas.
Disclaimer: Though my maiden name is ‘Singer,’ like the sewing machine, I can’t really sew. No one in my family could do more than crookedly sew on a button. In fact, my mother was once asked by a sewing teacher “Can you do us both a favor? Keep your money, and please don’t sign up for the next course!”
As I said, a plea from a grandchild can change a person. I decided that large pieces of black fabric on each side of the runway would do the trick to cover up the patterned rug. Hence, a visit to Jo-Ann’s.
And there – in a period of 30 minutes – two (2) RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS occurred.
A TALE OF TWO KINDNESSES
As I entered – wondering if I could be arrested for impersonating a real sewer – I spotted a saleslady walking fast in my direction. I asked, “Please help me with black fabric at least nine feet wide to border the pink runway for my granddaughter’s 9th birthday party.”
She stopped, asked me a couple of questions about whether I was going to baste the binding or stitch the selvage, and I paused and said, “Just some black fabric; no assembly required.”
She smiled and knew just where to take me. Then I asked the price. She said, “$9.99/yd.”
“Uh,” I groaned, doing the math, “But I need nine yards. Is there anything cheaper?”
This kind and patient lady looked at me and thought for a moment. “Do you have a cell phone?” she asked. I said I did, and she looked toward the door and quickly said, “Download the coupon for a discount. I’ve gotta go.” Then she hurried off saying, “I was on my way to the bathroom when you came in.”
I found the coupon – IT WAS FOR 60% OFF! Her random act of kindness saved me over $50!!! (That’s #1)
So with my head held high I took my big bolt of fabric (and my coupon) to the cutting table to have it measured and wrapped.
There was a line. Two nuns in light brown habit were were being helped with several lengths of beautiful fabric. In front of me was a lady buying supplies for her business – making dog coats for winter that she sells over the internet. (Once again I glanced around for the sewing police!)
Suddenly, an elderly lady gently pushed her way through the people and went up to the nuns.
“I’d like to buy your fabric today,” she said. The nuns smiled and looked a little uncomfortable.
A woman who was with the nuns said, “Thank you, ma’am but they are fine and can pay for this purchase.”
“No, I mean it,” the lady said. “I really want to pay for their fabric.”
The woman hesitated. “Well, ok, maybe you can pay for one of the choices. Thank you, very much.”
The elderly lady was quick to respond. “No, you don’t understand. The Carmelite nuns taught me as a girl, and it has led me to a very loving and fulfilling life. I want to thank them by buying everything they want to purchase.”
Suddenly there were hugs all around. Everyone was beaming as the nuns gratefully accepted her generosity. This random act of kindness (That’s #2) made me promise myself to clean out my garage, share my 60% off coupon, and go home and tell my granddaughter, “Of course, I would be happy to moderate your entire Fashion Show Party!”
THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS
Your road to happiness includes doing at least one Random Act of Kindness every day. So make a point of being kind – compliment the girl behind the lunch counter, or simply take a moment to say hello to your neighbor. You be the one to set the example.
We really need it in this hostile election season.
P.S. Tell me about your Random Acts of Kindness and how they made you feel. Send me a note.