February 17th is Random Act of Kindness Day! We'd love to have your help for an upcoming article (Obviously quick turn-around needed so please respond now!)
Take a moment and think. What is the nicest thing that anyone has ever done for you?
Share your experiences below!
This was a random act from a complete stranger. I was struggling at 5 weeks post c-section to get back in shape and was jogging up a steep hill with the baby in the stroller.* This old old lady was driving by and slowed down, waved, and said "You go girl" at the exact moment I was about to sit on the ground and sob until a cop pulled over and toted me and the baby back to my house. It was the most amazing moment for me because it made me realize that other women knew how hard it was even though I was surrounded by women who made it all look easy (too easy IMO).
*I know-terribly selfish Mom but I didn't have a sitter and his infant seat attached and there weren't a lot of bumps.
I can't think of anything off the top of my head that happened to me, but I recently witnessed an awesome Random Act of Kindness to someone else.
I was at the grocery store and noticed a mom with two young girls. She wasn't just wandering around throwing stuff in her basket like most of us were doing; she was adding up the cost of everything on the back of her shopping list, asking how much something was when she didn't see a price, telling her child that cereal would last longer than breakfast bars, etc. She was obviously working on a tight budget. I let Weston pick which line to get in, and he wanted to get in line behind her and talk with her girls some more. When all of her food had been rung up, she counted out her money, then she picked it up & counted it again. Then she said, "I'm so sorry, I made a mistake somewhere, I need to put a few things back." The checker said no, she picked up the money, put it in the drawer, and started bagging up the groceries like nothing was wrong.
Last edited by Spacers; 02-16-2012 at 04:55 PM.
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Change Black Friday into Buy Nothing Day, and don't take your credit cards to work on Cyber Monday.
Shift Your Shopping from mass marketers & big box stores to your local independent retailers & small artisans.
Practice a Buy Nothing Christmas. Instead of buying more things, give gifts of your time, your energy, and maybe even some unwanted things around your home; organize a used items gift swap among your family and/or friends.
When I was in the hospital with preterm labour with DD, my mother dropped everything to fly out to give DH and I support, even though she just found out she had breast cancer. She never breathed a word about her own condition the whole time I was on bedrest for fear it would upset me and I'd lose the baby. While in the hospital for those 5 days my mom asked what I wanted more than anything and I said it was to shave my legs and wash my hair. I couldn't sit up at all, so she got a basin of water and some soap and shaved my legs for me with a razor she bought in the hospital gift shop.
I love my ma....
My best friend drove all night straight from Mississippi to PA when I broke off an engagement. She showed up at my house early in the morning with a roasted chicken and a jug of wine. She said that she had no idea what an appropriate gift would be at that moment, so a chicken seemed as good as any other. It was delicious.
I could name countless RAKs from family and friends, especially during my first marriage. However, the most memorable RAK from complete strangers took place in 1/07. I've spoken before that I scrapbook and have for years. Well in January 2007, an online digital scrapbook website had a chat where people could chat with the scrap designers for this particular site. In the chat, people were asking questions to the designers and the designers were asking questions to the general room. I have no idea what lead into the topic of my situation, but they were intrigued. My sister had died a couple months earlier and I was still in shock. Her DH had made a decision to baptize their newborn in our church as my sister had wanted and the date was soon approaching. I was in search of a kit that was religious based that seemed appropriate for my nephew's baptism. The designers knew of none, but were sending their sympathies. A week later, I got an email from the owner of the site with a link to download. All of the designers came together and created a kit in honor of my sister and nephew for his baptism and gave it to me. It was so unexpected. I just bawled, I was so grateful. Geez, now I am again!
DD Twins: 8/4/09 @ 35 Wks - No NICU, woot!