Random Acts of Kindness: To give a balloon is divine
March 24, 2016 12:16 AM
To give a balloon is divine
This past weekend, I went out to dinner with my husband, his parents and my 11-month-old son, Jake. The restaurant was busy, and I could tell our food was going to take awhile. That meant keeping Jake entertained while he waited to be fed, and that is no easy task! He was starting to get fussy, he was tired of his toys, and the food was nowhere in sight.
Then, I saw that Jake was staring at a family sitting nearby. The family included a little girl, probably 5 or 6 years old, and she was holding a balloon. Jake was enraptured by this balloon. The little girl noticed that Jake was watching her play with the balloon, so she bounced it his way. His eyes widened and he smiled.
After a few minutes, the little girl stood up and walked to our table. She gave Jake her balloon with a huge smile on her face. Jake was ecstatic and was entertained for the rest of the dinner. When she got back to her table, the little girl said, “he likes it!”
Thank you, little girl, for not only giving my son your balloon but also for setting such an exemplary model of generosity for my son. The world needs more people like you!
CHRISTINE TAYLOR Robinson
Lost in the wilds of McMurray, lighting upon scoops of grace
I am phobic about losing my way, and have nightmares with my wandering around some place, a city countryside, seashore, whatever, lost.
Driving to McMurray with a box for UPS to mail yesterday, I was completely lost. I stopped at my daughter’s place of work. She gave me directions. I got lost
Stopping at a gas station, I was given directions which I thought I followed, but again I was lost.
I stopped at many places, was given what seemed to be completely different directions by each person, and was lost. I don’t know how many people I God-blessed in such a short time, which to me seemed an eternity.
Finally, after left turns and right turns, one man directed me to UPS. When I God-blessed him, he said he appreciated that.
At last! There was UPS, isolated in a corner of the mall. Of course, I parked in a difficult spot to maneuver and had to carry the box across a raised mass of earth. A gentleman asked me if he could help, and he did, carrying the box into the UPS office.
I God-blessed him, and told him he was sent by God (I did not feel calling him an angel was quite fitting). He said he was a pastor. I asked him his name, which he provided. Judging my accent correctly, he told me that he loved my country, Scotland, and had visited it nine times, including Edinburgh, my city.
Then on the way out, he asked me if he could treat me to an ice cream — the neighbor of UPS.
I stopped at Giant Eagle for some groceries, and was regaled with holy words by the packer, a woman. She wished me a happy resurrecting holiday.
Well, a tortuous trek to UPS ended up sweetly and with holiness.
THERESE McKENZIE Bridgeville
Misplaced a cane — found a great person
I left my cane in a business about 10 miles from where I worked. No one in my family was available to retrieve it. I was stuck.
A person within earshot in the public area where I was standing heard of my problem. She volunteered to travel the distance to return the cane to me.
That gesture was wonderful enough. To top it off, she returned with two canes! She spent about $30 and purchased another one for me.
I attempted to pay for the cane but she totally refused. I barely had time to thank her.
This certainly restores your faith in your fellow man.
ED DRISCOLL Conway
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