Well, 2013 is over, but I fully intend to continue with the random acts of kindness. It's amazing how the universe gives things back -- and in the end I got the biggest gift of all. Total strangers stepped up to the plate and did something amazing for someone close to me. I'm truly and utterly speechless to witness such generosity of spirit being unleashed on someone I care about. If my acts of kindness brought even a tenth of the warm fuzzy feelings to others, this resolution has been a smashing success!
Without further ado, here are my final acts of kindness:
Every other weekend (and every other holiday) I get up at the butt-crack of dawn and go to the courthouse to process the arrest reports in preparation for their initial court appearance. First stop on these mornings is the jail to pick up the list of people who are still in-custody. I had Christmas morning duty this year, so I brought a little gift bag with trinkets (hand sanitizer, lip balm, etc) for the office girls. I can't even begin to imagine what they have to deal with each shift.
I had planned to go out with a bang - last act of the year should have been something big and noteable. I'd toyed with several ideas, but was leaning toward "seeding" the machines at a laundromat with quarters and leaving a basket of Tide Pods for people. Will still probably go do this at some point, but the weatherman kept warning we were going to get a snowstorm, and I'm a wimp and don't want to go venture out in the weather unless I have to, so I ended on more of a sigh instead of a bang. I took the $10 I'd been planning to spend for quarters and stuck it inside a coffee cup at the convenience store. Yes, I've done this before -- but only with $1-2.