Monday, May 24, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness

Ever since Natalie was born we have been very lucky to have someone in the family pass things down to us. It has mostly been the same person. I have appreciated it so much! She had both boys but she has still found things that Natalie and I can use and passed them along. We have still had to buy some things for her but we have been pretty spoiled. Natalie has more toys than most kids her age, and she even has boxes of toys that she isn’t ready for yet! Everyone says she is spoiled, and she is in that she has a lot of stuff but we don’t buy her every single thing she wants.

Well this family member had a ton of outdoor toys that she wanted to pass along. So I took Hubby’s truck to her house (an hour away) and picked up all the stuff. I was expecting a few things but we ended up with the pick up bed full! Natalie loves to be outside so this is such a blessing. This was my first act of kindness for the day. She did not ask me to pay her a dime for all of the toys that she gave us. She saved us so much money by just passing these along!

Natalie and I headed on our happy way home. It was getting late and we were going to be late for Natalie’s bedtime, which I hate. Oh well, one night won’t hurt. So I’m driving along on the highway, I hit a bump and one of the little plastic cars (kind of like a Little Tykes Coup) flies out of the back of the truck!!!! I freaked out, slammed on the brakes and pulled over. This little car landed in the middle of the highway. People are swerving so they don’t hit it and I’m standing here wondering what I should do. Finally there is a break in the traffic and I run out and grab it. I thought to myself “Oh crap, this is heavy!” There was no way I was going to carry it back to the truck and then try to figure out how to get it back into the truck. Just as I was figuring this out a car stopped on the side of the road. Out hops a teenage boy asking if I need help. I was super nervous at first, I was alone with Natalie. I said sure and we started the walk back to the truck with him carrying the car. I was trying to make small talk but I was so scared that he was going to hurt Natalie or me. I really didn’t know what to do. I just kept walking and talking and he was really nice. He helped me put the car in the truck and I thanked him over and over. I was shocked that he just stopped to help me with no reason behind it. Did I mention it was 90 degrees with like 85% humidity? I was sweating just from walking.

The whole way home I was thinking about this boy and how he stopped to help me just to be kind. It got me thinking about what I do or have done and I realized that I don’t do enough. We aren’t rich by any means but I feel like I should do something more to help others. I haven’t figured out yet what I need to do but I need to do something. There just aren’t enough nice people in this world anymore.


zookeeperjess said...

I always get nervous in situations like that too. It's hard to trust anyone anymore!

I try to do Random acts of kindness often. Lord knows I've been blessed with a lot of them especially lately!

Mindy said...

I love that you shared this! It's so wonderful to have friends and family who are able to hand things down like this. I always appreciate it so much! As for the other random act of kindness, my husband has had some amazing experiences stopping to help people and I wish I was more like him too.

Top to Bottom Baby said...

Aww that was so sweet of him. I feel like I don't do enough either, but I'm always offering to help any one that I can out. I'm the type of person who would've stopped to help you out!

It's all the little things that help. Holding the door for an elderly person or mom with her arms full. Even a smile can brighten someone's day!