Kindness

IMG_0703Saturday I sat for an hour in a long line of traffic. Slowly, each car inched forward in hopes of receiving a kindness, me included. A local sanitation company partnered with restaurants to give away 400 gift certificates. When I read the article, I thought, “How nice. They are sharing kindness with the community.”

IMG_0705Afterwards, my van needed a car wash. Via social media, I had learned Clear Water was giving teachers free car washes. I pulled in line, showed my ID and said I was a teacher. The attendant said, “Thank you so much for your service. Enjoy your car wash.” That word hug embraced me.

Authors have been sharing free items online, such as Jarrett Lerner, that are helpful to teachers and kids.Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived series, gave a free 30 minute virtual author-visit. I loved it. You should check it out. Her kindness came from missing the school visits and meeting students.

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A fellow teacher friend has a fourth grade son, Luke. We met through our school’s summer library program. We like Abraham Lincoln and Walt Disney. We love to talk books and just about life. His 10th birthday was last week, and I sent him a book about World War II. I was so excited for him to get the surprise and my heart was delighted upon receiving his picture. A little kindness from me.

IMG_0732He, his two sisters, and mom brought me a May Day hanging plant. Vibrant and beautiful. A reciprocated act of kindness I wasn’t expecting but brings joy just remembering his face and gazing at the flowers.

A friend sent me a letter. An act of kindness.

My neighbor greeted me at the fence and asked about my parents. Kindness.

 

A friend started a blog and other friends write. Their words, your words, bring kindness. Kindness. Little acts to brighten the day. What acts of kindness have you received?  5FC823C6-2B78-474A-9D9F-5700EBFD20AA

5 Responses to Kindness

  1. I love reading this post Mary Helen filled with so much kindness and the photos work so well with the text… I’m smiling can you feel the warmth?
    Bonnie

  2. Ruth Ayres says:

    This is lovely! I like your description “word hug.” There is much kindness in the world…if we just pause to find it!

  3. This is a smile in a needed time! Your optimistic point of view shines through. Kindness, yes! 🙂

  4. elsie says:

    You get what you give, and you give kindness by the bushels. Look for the good and you will find it. You are a special person that I am so lucky to know. Love to you across the miles!

  5. anne says:

    MaryHelen, I have to say that you are one of the kindest people I know. Thank you for gathering these kindnesses and sharing them with us.They are inspiring!

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