7.07.2011

Random acts of kindness...

carved toy
carved toy
A few weeks ago, an elderly couple in their mid-80's approached us while PRH, EZ E, Kicky, and I were wandering the aisles of our local grocery store. The kids were both being really good (a refreshing change of pace) and the couple commented on how well-behaved they were in the store. We chatted with the couple for a few more moments and the man asked me if it was OK to give Kicky and EZ E each a small gift. I nodded my head in agreement, assuming he'd give them candy that I'd have to nab later. To my surprise and to the delight of Kicky and EZ E, instead of candy, the man produced four adorable hand-carved animals from within his pockets and let the kiddos each choose one (Kicky chose the dog and EZ E chose the elephant). His wife said, "Oh, he just loves to carve little toys and give them away.". After thanking them profusely, we finished shopping and headed home, the kiddos playing contentedly with their little animals. I came across the animals the other day, safely tucked into Kicky's "purse" (aka an old Klein tool bag) that she carries everywhere, and was struck by that couple's sweet gesture. It's certainly my favorite random act of kindess I've ever experienced...do you have a favorite?

18 comments:

Connie @ Daydream In Color said...

That's so sweet. Great story to start off my morning! The only one I can remember at the moment was when I went to the grocery store and didn't realize the cart wheels locked right past the sidewalk of the main entrance. I was freaking out and tried to pull the cart out of the street before a car hit it. It was totally a sketch section of town and this random guy walks up and helps me pull the cart back and even helped me carry my groceries to the car. I was so lucky!

Mrsink said...

I love it! I was just telling my husband how those random acts of kindness are rare these days, but when they happen it seriously makes my week. I think my favorite was an elderly lady who stopped me in the store, made sweet comments about my boys and gave me a little necklace that she had made. it's true what they say about one act of kindness making a huge difference.

Vixie said...

Wow, what a lovely story! That really made me smile :)

sk said...

Great story! THanks so much for sharing. I really needed a good story this morning :)

Mama Fabun said...

That's awesome!

Juliana said...

Last summer a surprise storm popped up during my commute home. I stepped off a bus into the rain downtown, dreading a drenching 4-block walk to the train station. As I started to cross the street, the driver of a car stopped at the red light opened his window, shouted “Here! Take this!” and threw me an umbrella. The light changed, he drove away, and I made it home mostly warm & dry & grateful.

denese said...

I love this post!! I've been collecting moments for a "kindness of strangers" feature I've been planning and will recur on {plum}.

it reckons back to ebay early days and their delightful campaign - People Are Good.

best - d
post script: don't forget: balloons are awesome!

icci design... said...

oh my gosh...that is the nicest thing ever..thanks for sharing, made my day!!

Melissa Haworth said...

Ok, that is the coolest story EVER. Makes we want to make tiny things to share with cute kids. What fun.

And I pretty much never comment so I also wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. I'm pretty new here and absolutely love your creativity and have fun wishing I was moving into your farmhouse :)

Je suis une monstre said...

I love this post, and all the comments! More people should think about things like this - imagine what a great and beautiful place the world would be! My favourite random act(s) of kindness is from all the kind strangers who picked me up from all sorts of strange roadsides, when I hitch hiked from Chamonix (in the French Alpes) to Reading (west of London, England)....that's about 1000 miles! Thanks guys! xxx

Lisa Maria said...

I love this story! What a sweet man - it brightened my day, too :).

sécia said...

That is a WONDERFUL story. I love it!

♥ sécia
www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

MiYa said...

so sweet!

Trix's Mix said...

I love toys made from wood - What joy they have brought your little ones!

Check out: www.bookcrossing.com - Random acts of book sharing kindness...my favorite!

Abbey said...

this is so incredible! It makes me want to start carving and painting little animals and giving them away! my favorite random act of kindness was when I was 8 months pregnant and the cab i was in was hit by another cab and the drivers got in a fight in the street; I was locked in; the cab was rolling slowly into traffic. I'm panicked and contemplating climbing out the window (all 218 pounds of me) and the sweetest man sees the situation and comes and stands by the window and stays with me until the fight is broken up.

Zoe Jade said...

that's the sweetest story I've ever heard! what a lovely thing to do. thank you for restoring my faith in humanity a little!xoxo

paperdollsforboys said...

I love this story. What a lesson for your children. Beautifully photographed as well.

Katie said...

I just happened upon your blog through Design Sponge and now have been sitting here at least the past 45 minutes dreaming about renovating a farmhouse like yours. I had to respond to this post, though, because I'd love to share the act of kindness that a stranger showed to my son. We live in NC, but are from the Midwest. For the past couple of years, our family has been meeting in a Flying J truck stop restaurant for our Thanksgiving meal. (Yeah, don't ask. We just think it's funny.) There are a lot of truckers still on the road on that day, and many eat their meal and quietly leave. We are the rowdy bunch in the back, with small children, a teen or two, several adult cousins, grandparents, and a great grandparent. One Thanksgiving a few years ago, our waitress brought me and my husband a HUGE box -- containing a very large remote-controlled big rig truck toy. She said that it was a gift for our son from someone who would like to be anonymous. We were shocked, and started looking around...we then saw a man walking past the restaurant window outside, leaving, and slowing down as he saw us inside. Noticing that we were watching him, he waved and smiled.

Our son was 5 at the time, and has Down syndrome and autism. That day he was being a stinker, and throwing food and knocking over drinks, and shrieking with glee. I was ready to call it a day. Little did I know he was touching someone's heart then. We were ready to leave soon after, and he decided to meet us out at our car and we extended our gratitude while he met Ben. He had bought the toy inside the truck stop after watching us. It turns out that he and his wife drove a truck and had an adult child with Down syndrome, who they missed terribly. We didn't even get the whole story because he choked up and said goodbye.

I will always remember his kindness every Thanksgiving and hope that he and his family are doing well.

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