This morning I went on a much needed grocery run. Jeff isn't home, so I had to take the boys. I generally wait til they are in school so I can get through much faster and so I don't have to reprimand them while in the store. They feel incredibly comfortable in the grocery store we go to because they have been going with me since birth and just about every sales clerk know who my boys are.
We are going up and down the aisles grabbing the items needed and we get to the meat department. I am looking to see what I want to throw in the cart when Trevor comes over from the pet aisle with a Laser Chase II, you know the kind they point on the ground so cats, dogs, even chickens can chase the little red dot. (All 3 boys have money burning a hole in their pockets). He asks if he has enough to buy it so he can have the cats chase it and ultimately the puppy when we get her. I ask him how much he has and he proceeds to pull ALL change out of his pocket and count it. Mind you, he is on the floor in the meat department counting change while I watch him count and help if needed.
Another older woman is also in the meat department looking to purchase some for her family. She watches Trevor count his change with a smile on her face. After a few minutes of counting and checking with me to see if he is counting right she gets my attention. She asks "Is it okay if I give them some money?" I am hesitant, I don't want the boys to think that people will just hand them money at any given time. Before I even answer she has given each boy $5 to spend as they wish. Wow, that was very nice of her. The boys all said "Thank you" and proceeded to find what they could buy with an extra $5.
I love it when people do Random Acts of Kindness. It is heart warming and shows that there are good people in this world. So when it happens to me or my kids I feel a sense of gratitude, generosity, and compassion. I know it makes me feel good when I do things for others I don't know as well as those I do know.....but I find it more fun to surprise those I don't know and certainly don't expect it.
The most I have done is paid someone's bridge toll as I am paying mine. I do this when I head home from visiting my mom. I don't do it every time, but once in a while.
My question for you is what Random Act of Kindness have you done lately?