(original image via occasionally1)
(original image via joshuafountain)
I’ve done this.
I’ve done this.
I’ve still got the trident somewhere. Might be in the basement.
(via gravesandghouls: Follies dancer c. 1920s)
O! How our memories of the endless summer do comfort as the days grow short and the night brings its chill.
I’ve done this.
You had to be there.
A Random Act of Kindness
About a month ago, my friend Christine brought me over this jar of cinnamon because she knows I bake with cinnamon a lot - and she did it just to be nice! I thought about the cinnamon and how I could use it this summer to find a “teachable moment” with my boys. I have always talked about kindness with them, and it’s been one of my goals since they were little to teach them to be kind to other people. I know as a parent, I often second guess myself, but I am truly proud of how kind my boys are to other people.
But I also thought that it would be pretty great if we could use this cinnamon as our little symbol for kindness this summer and we could watch it grow into something bigger. So at dinner tonight, we talked about how Christine brought it to me just because she knows I love to bake. She did this just to be kind. I explained that this was a random act of kindness. Then we talked about what each of us in this family can do to reach out or bring a little happiness to someone else. We had a big brainstorming session, and the boys came up with these ideas:
Drew is spending his own money to buy flowers for someone in the hospital we live near. He wants to drop them off at the information desk and ask a volunteer to give them to someone who needs them.
Jack wants to visit an ice cream stand near our home and pay for someone’s ice cream with his own money.
Sam wants to make a women who lives alone in our neighborhood some cheerful cards throughout the year.
My husband and I came up with some things we thought the boys could relate to. Alan is going to hide some dollar bills in children’s library books and return them to the library so that the next child who checks it out gets a pleasant surprise. I told the boys I would buy a bunch of glow sticks that they could pass out at the park where we watch fireworks on July 4th.
And here’s what we’re hoping now: that maybe after reading this, you too will be inspired. If you’ve got a random act of kindness that you’ve recently done or are planning to do, just reblog this post and tell your story - and see how far it’ll go!
They boys and I would really be touched if we could spread a little kindness your way and beyond.
There are just three things I would add to this:
- My wife is a far, far kinder person than I am, and my kids are kind because she’s teaching them to be kind. Any kindness I have is because they hug me and it rubs off a little.
- My original idea for the library books was to hide slices of cheese.
- You should do this and reblog about it because it’s fun and you’ll love yourself a bit more when you do. Doesn’t have to be something huge or earth-shattering. It just has to be kind, which is absurdly simple.