Monday, December 22, 2008

Random acts of kindness :)

This is a recycled post from Dec. 2006, but I thought with the holiday season it would be a good reminder and a little challenge for everyone. I was reminded about this post when I read Mommy Snark's post the other day.
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Yesterday as I was leaving Walmart a saw a mom struggling with her 3 year old (I'm guessing) as she put her in the car. Her daughter was pitchin' a big ole fit. Anyway- the mom turned around to put her cart up when she realized there wasn't a cart return anywhere near by. I could tell she was trying to decide if she should leave the cart or leave her daughter... She probably would have left her cart if I wasn't standing there. (You know how ya feel weird leaving it when people are watching...) Anyway- I was loading groceries in my van and I told her, "I'll return it for you. I have 2 carts to put away anyway. Just hook yours to mine." She looked relieved and thanked me. She even waved and smiled as she drove off. It felt good helping her and it only took a minute. Just last week I was buying things for Sei's youth group home and I had 2 carts. Taj was walking with me as I pulled one cart and pushed the other. As we were leaving the store, things fell out of the back cart, so I let go of the front cart- with Liv sitting in the little baby seat. As I let go, the cart with Liv started rolling out into the parking lot/crosswalk. I didn't notice as I picked the things up that had fallen. This man chased the cart with Liv and caught it. Then he helped pick up things as I chased after Taj who had run off to a pile of snow. The man then pushed one of my carts to my van and made sure I had Taj in the van before he left to his own car. Thank you sweet man for helping and for not taking advantage of my vulnerability by raping or killing me!! I hope my "help" for the mom made her feel like the man's help made me feel.
A few weeks ago Sei was in Wendy's getting some lunch. After ordering the cashier, instead of giving his total, said, "Your meal has already been paid for." She said that to the next person in line also. Apparently someone had given the cashier an extra $10 to pay for the next couple of people in line. I thought that was so neat! I had seen something similar on Oprah when someone gave $20 to the toll booth and said it was for the next 20 cars toll. Anyway- I thought it was really cool. I wanted to do something similar, but with money being a little tight, handing over $10 or $20 at McDonalds wasn't really doable. Today I was in the drive thru at McDonalds and I heard the cashier tell the car behind me "$3.04 at the 2nd window." I thought, "$3.04- I can do that!!" So, I told her, "I'd like to pay for the next car too." Her face was hilarious! "You want to pay for the next car?!?" "Yeah. For uh, you know, for Christmas..." I sounded like a dork as I fumbled over my words. She rang it up and gave me the receipt. Then she said, "I've only had that happen one other time with an old, gross man paying for a cute girl behind him. You're really sweet." And ya know what, I was stoked!! I was so excited to watch the lady's face in the car behind me when she found out her meal had paid for already! The point of this post is not to brag on myself. I should do a lot more to help people!! I just want to challenge everyone to do a random act of kindness for someone expecting nothing in return. It feels good. Really good.


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20 comments:

chellie said...

Awesome Tori!

I have added that to my list of things to do today! So cool!

Stacey said...

That is so neat Tori! That kind of thing can just make your day.

One time I will not forget...One night I decided to stop and pick up pizza and I had to take all of my kids in with me. On my arm I was carrying Camden in his car seat,I had 2 pizzas in my other hand and I was trying to herd my 2 year old and get the door open so I could leave. There was a line of people waiting and none of them offered to help. One guy even moved out of the way of the door and stood back in line. A man who was near the register got out of line and came over to me. He grabbed the pizzas out of my hand and opened the door for me and the kids. Then he held my 2 year old's hand,swinging him as they walked. He put the pizzas in my car and made sure all of the kids were inside before he went back to the store. I will never forget that.

S said...

Seriously I think our society is getting further away from this then ever before. BUT that is another topic. I love love to give, I love that little headache you get when you do something for someone they really needed. Does that make any sense? Anyhow it is so simple and sweet and I love it.

Yvonne said...

Recycled or not--GREAT POST. Thanks, tori. It's easy to get busy and not look around and notice those who could use a little help here and there and it only takes a minute.

Carrot Jello said...

Merry Christmas!

You’ve just been hit with Random Acts Of
“ Merry Christmas!”
Love, Carrot Jello

JustRandi said...

I love that idea!! Thanks Tori - and Merry Christmas!

MommyJ said...

Loved this. :) Once my husband and I had some total stranger buy our dinner when we were at a nice sit down restaurant... don't know who, or for what reason. So, we tried it... next time we had the extra cash and we went out to dinner, we just picked a random table and bought their dinner. It was awesome.

Klin said...

So giving the older man my dry cart as I left the store today so he wouldn't have to use a wet one was a good thing? I thought so, too.

Merry Christmas my dear friend.

I got your card/picture today. It was a nice surprise in the mail. Actually most of the bills belonged to oldest rather than me. *does a jig*

No Cool Story said...

:) I was thinking about this too :)
I loved that post.

As soon as I can get out of my house I'll do something for someone.

Mikelene said...

Sometimes it's the simplest things that can make another person's day. Thanks for the reminder!!

Suzanne said...

This was a good post then and now! :)

Nancy Face said...

I just love these ideas! So simple, yet so kind! :D

Nancy Face said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

S said...

Merry Christmas Tori!

No Cool Story said...

Merry Christmas!

I feel doubly special! Thanks for my super awesome picture and letter. Twin Power to you too!

aubrey said...

thanks for sharing, tori. merry Christmas!

No Cool Story said...

Merry Christmas!!!
Merry Christmas!!!
Merry Christmas!!!

Yvonne said...
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Yvonne said...

I love that video with Breath of Heaven, it's perfect.
Merry Christmas, tori. Hope you have a great one.

. . . Dallas Meow . . . . said...

Thanks for the reminder :D
very sweet