Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness

I was walking to pick my Eldest up from school the other day when an unexpected thing happened.

A woman was walking on this path up ahead of me. She stopped and stared at Littlest in his pushchar and me for a minute before turning down another path. A minute later or so, I turned the same way. The lady was just at the top of the path and we caught up with her easily. When she saw me, she said 'Oh! Are you walking in this direction?' I said 'yes' and so she says 'I am too, you can share my umbrella.' It was the nicest most unexpected thing ever. It was pouring down with rain and we walked for a good 10 minutes together. Had quite the nice conversation as well.

I told several people at the schoolyard while I was standing there waiting for E to come out. I told my mother-in-law on the phone later that afternoon. I told N. I even told people on twitter. Because it was such a small thing but it MADE MY DAY.

It seemed like such an unusual occurence. When did people stop being decent and courteous to other people? When did doing something nice become so surprising? So, together with my copy of Random Acts of Kindness by Danny Wallace, I'm going to start doing nice things for other people. It can't be that hard, right? And it does seem like the smallest, unexpected things mean so much more than something big and major. Which is great for me, because big and major aren't really accessible right now.

Let the Random Acts of Kindness begin. I'll keep you posted.


  1. That's really sweet - I love it when things like that happen. I haven't Random Acts of Kindness by Danny Wallace yet but it's on my Christmas list!x

  2. That is wonderful! It would have made my day as well. I can't wait to hear what random acts of kindness you "commit."

  3. It is a lovely thing to do and gives me the warm and fuzzies.
    I once gave a woman in a shop a penny because she was short by a penny and you know what shops are like :D She was so grateful. It was just a penny, lol.

  4. That is a lovely thing to do, but it should not be so unexpected. I wonder what it would be like in this world if we treated this as a norm. That we all did this kind of thing naturally without thinking. I am as guilty as the rest, but I shall try to do the same and act kindly to others.

    First stop, well done on being the fourth best YA book blog. I only came across it today,whilst viewing another blog. You deserve it.

  5. How nice to pass it on with intention!

  6. CarlyB - I've only flipped through my battered copy, but I kept seeing things that sounds very doable, so I shall start very soon!

    Zara - I'm hoping to make it a regular feature :)

    Emma - Aww. What a sweet story!

    Vivienne - you're right, these things SHOULDN'T be unexpected or rare, but it feels like it.

    Also, thank you! I was a bit shy about mentioning it on the blog, but I did announce it on twitter :)

    JG - I hope so!


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