Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness...I suck at this.

Clearly, I suck at this blog challenge, but I'll press on in true Random Ninja fashion and pretend I never left the Wonka tour to sample fizzy lifting drinks.

My last random act of kindness.  That's the topic for March 6th. 

I'm always random and...frequently kind and although I do have a tendency to poke bears with short sticks, I'm basically a good person.   I suppose, as the case tends to be with most basically good people, random acts of kindness are simple things like waving the person across from you to go ahead through an intersection at the overwhelming four-way stop (I mean, if you think about it, we're really ALL to the right...), or to take a stranger's cart back for them, or to shovel the neighbor's walk (which was done for us recently).

There's one thing that stands out in my mind when I think of a random act of kindness though.  It's something I did with the intention of making someone smile and I'll never know if that's the effect I had or not.

One Sunday while I was waiting for my girls to get out of religion class, I saw a mom and her son arrive for the 11:30 mass.  It was spring, not too warm for a jacket and not cold enough for a hat and scarf.  As this woman and her teenager walked inside, I thought to myself how brave she seemed.  Brave, because this woman, who looked so put together and sure of herself, had absolutely no hair.  I suspected it was a battle with cancer that she was going through (she didn't have the look of someone who would choose baldness over a carefully coiffed hairstyle) and she made me happy.  Here was someone who was not letting her illness get the best of her.  She was an inspiration to anyone fighting her same fight, laughing in the face of cancer.  She looked healthy and happy and confident.

On the outside.  

I have no idea how she was on the inside, but on the outside, she looked like someone who was saying "fuck you, cancer, you can't beat me".  

So I wrote a note and secured it into the door handle of her car:  "I don't know where you are in your battle, but I hope you're winning.  You are beautiful."

I never signed it and I left before she came back out, but I hope it made her day. 

3 comments:

  1. You are so random and so kind, I'm sure you make more people smile on a daily basis than the average bear.

    One of my favorite random acts of kindness is leaving the quarter in the cart when I leave it at Aldi's. What a little treat for someone.

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  2. You practiced a random act of kindness. Good for you. I bet it DID make her day.

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  3. That was super sweet! I'm sure you made her day!!

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