Thursday, February 12, 2015

Random Acts Of Kindness Adventure 2015 Week 1

I didn't plan ahead but Random Acts of Kindness can hardly be called "random" if one plans too far ahead.  It's not like I really went out of my way, but hopefully I made someone smile.

On Saturday I ran a few errands and one of those errands included a stop at Aldi where an elderly woman was slowly making her way toward the store. (No, Betsy, I am not kidding, and I am not copying you either.) I was coming from the opposite direction and got to the cart return ahead of her. There was one cart
left. I popped my quarter into the lock and removed the cart which I then wheeled over to where the woman was just rounding the corner. "Do you need a cart?" I asked with a smile. She smiled back, accepted the cart, and handed me her quarter. I smiled, took the coin, and went around the other side of the door where another stash of carts waited. We passed inside the store a moment later and exchanged another couple of smiles. A small but random act of kindness.

On Tuesday morning after Ladies' Bible study, the pastor's wife asked if anyone was going toward Ontario (a little town between my house and the church) and could give our friend Joanne a ride home. I was available. First we went out to lunch at Panera with some of the other women, and then stopped in Wegmans for a few small items before heading back home. It wasn't far off my usual route and I was happy to have company on the ride. Another small and random act. Joanne was smiling when I dropped her off and so was I.

Guess who came to play today and went home with cookies?

Play along and add you own RAK over at Betsy's Place.

24 comments:

  1. Grocery adventures are a good time to do RAKs! haha...I wonder if a pay it forward could be started with the quarters. lol...

    Love all of yours that you did. Small things that let people know they matter. Perfect!

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    1. We often pay it forward with the quarters. "No, thanks. Keep the quarter. Someone else gave me the cart."
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  2. Always fun to help out someone else---even if only with a quarter! It's never about the dollar value anyway! Loved both the stories.

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    1. It's the connection and the smiles. Gotta love 25 cent RAK's!
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  3. Well you and Betsy were sure on the same page. I loved reading that all your RAK's ending with a smile. Good job.

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    1. RAK's should always end in smiles, don't you think?
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  4. Your RAK was so nice......thinking of this through the eyes of my mother, I could see her with a very big smile on her face, too. Visiting from Betsy's RAK. -Laurie

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    1. Happy people are ever so much more fun, aren't they?
      Nice to meet you, Laurie.
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  5. I had a grocery store experience too... a lady kind of tipped over (did not fall hard) and dropped an arm full of groceries. She was squatting and trying to hold way too many things... I helped her up and carry her things to the front. It did me more good than her. ;) Looks like you have a fine little cookie eater there!! blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Grocery stores seem to be the perfect place to find helping hand or smile sharing opportunities.
      Oh, the cookie eaters! Aren't they wonderful? That is my grandson, Jake.
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    2. And the other three are more of my grandchildren.

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  6. Stopping by from Betsy's to read about your act of kindness. I've done the same thing at Aldi. So simple, but so powerful.

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    1. Gotta love Aldi for quarter RAK's!
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  7. This was lovely Martha! I love the pics:)

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    1. Thank you, Gloria. The cookies are good too.
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  8. Even the smallest gestures can make someone feel good all day long. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

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    1. Thanks. ha ha!
      They were fun to make, even if they're looking a little sad now.
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  10. Loved your RAK Martha ~ a very kind thing to do.
    I think this idea of Betsy's is wonderful and is totally inspiring ~ I shall try to do this sort of thing on am on-going basis. So nice a feeling it gives too when we do things like that. There is still a lot of good in the world ~ bless you ~ Eddie . . :)

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    1. Thank you, Eddie, for your kind and encouraging words. Betsy has given us the gift of being reminded how much a kind word, a soft touch, or a warm smile can mean. Sometimes in the rush of life it is all to easy to forget.

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