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Monday, September 30, 2013

52 Weeks of Kindness - Weeks 37, 38, & 39

Week 37:  While at Half Price Books with my daughter, I bought a cool journal with a print of Gustav Klimt's The Kiss on the cover and left it in the women's restroom in the mall.

Week 38:  More dollars in the vending machine at work.  I put a dollar in and waited until it got used before feeding another dollar in.  I found a lot of excuses to check on the machines, but I didn't catch anyone in the act of redeeming my gift.  But that's okay because....

Week 39:
Since I started this 52 weeks of kindness challenge, all kinds of wonderful things have come into my life.  Part of it, I think, is just being more aware - but some of it, I'm convinced, is the universe giving me back a little bit of what I've put out there.  My already charmed life has been blessed beyond belief.   I took last Friday off and decided to make a concerted effort to push that goodness back out there. 

First thing I did is left an disproportionately large tip for the lady who cut my hair (about 50% of the cost of the cut). The last thing I did was slip a $20 bill into a box with leftover pizza in it. 

There were lots of attempts in the middle that just didn't work out except the one that did...I stopped at McDonald's for lunch.  On a whim, I decided to pay for the car behind me again.  We were the only two cars in line so I thought I'd be able to pay, pick up my food and get out of there without any awkward moments of the other driver trying to catch a glimpse of his benefactor.

Fate had other ideas.

I'm sitting at the second window waiting for someone to show up.  I can hear the employee at the first window telling the guy that his order had already been paid for.  He starts yelling.  "Hey!  Hey!  HEY!" I'm having a panic attack because I'm really more comfortable being anonymous in all this and part of me is worried he might be mad.  Like I'm trying to foist charity on him or something.  Like I'm insulting his ability to pay for his own lunch.  Or worse, that he might think I'm flirting.  Sounds crazy, but have you looked at the world lately? It's pretty screwed up.

I look in my rear view mirror to make sure he wasn't going to get out of his car.  He catches my eye and says, "THANK YOU!" I smiled and give him a thumbs up sign.  STILL no employee at the window.  Seriously? This is supposed to be FAST food.

He shouts, "I've never had that happen to me before."  More grinning and nodding on my part. Where is my lunch already?  "Where'd you get the card?" he asks holding it out the window.  "I made it." I shout back as my food finally dangles out the window.  "It's nice!" he hollers as I drive off into anonymity again.

And so, after 39 weeks of putting things out into the world - I got my very first thank you.  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

52 Weeks of Kindness - Week 36

My self-imposed rules do not state anything about repeating a kindness, and yet I find myself feeling guilty every time I do something I've already done.  Not guilty enough to stop me, mind you, just wishing I could be more original.  I have plenty of original ideas left in the hopper, but money has been tight lately and so I've been saving the bigger ideas for a better cash flow.

This week I happened to be in the drive thru lane at Arby's.  I heard the intercom behind me announce the driver's total at $4 and some odd cents.  Impulsively I pull out a calling card and prepare to pay the cashier for that order, too.  But while I'm waiting my turn, I'm watching the rear view mirror to get a look at the unsuspecting recipient.  The man behind me was just your average joe, but the woman in the car behind him caught my eye.  She looked stressed.  Really bothered about something, like she had a thousand things to do and even stopping for lunch was a hassle.  So I made the on-the-spot decision to cover her meal too.

I did not stop to see their reactions, but who wouldn't enjoy a free lunch?

Sunday, September 1, 2013

52 Weeks of Kindness - Week 35

This week's act of kindness....well, let me just SHOW you:

We adopted a dog!  The kids have wanted one forever and we finally ran out of excuses not to.  We've got a large fenced back yard, the kids are old enough to NOT yank on ears and tail, and take part in feeding / walking.  

She's the sweetest thing on four legs.  She's a little timid around the house right now (expected), but is so full of love, I can't wait until she feels at home here.  Not only did we give a homeless pet a new life, we made our kidlings VERY happy.  Win win.