As is pretty par for the course with me I am gonna put my own spin on it. I think I perform random acts of kindness a lot. It’s one of my “principals” if you will. It’s not always a big thing. Sometimes it’s a little thing like paying for the person behind me at the toll booth or buying a cup of coffee for the person behind me in line at Starbucks or giving a couple of bucks to the homeless guy on the off ramp. Or just giving a hug to a complete stranger who looks like they really need one. I don’t really like “bragging” about my random acts of kindness because I think it “cheapens” the experience. I’d rather sometimes do things anonymously. I don’t even require a thank you usually. I just want to do something nice for someone else because it makes me feel happy.
I would rather talk about random acts of kindness performed by other people or that I’ve witnessed or been told about. I’ve been the recipient of several acts of kindness this past week myself. Many of them performed at the hospital where my brother is a patient right now.
I went to see my brother Sunday and he really wanted an “everything” bagel with smoked salmon cream cheese. They do sell them at the Einstein Bagels that is in the lobby of the hospital where he is. The problem was that they were closed on Sunday. His wife and I called around and couldn’t find them anywhere but were told on one of our calls that they thought they sold them at Weggmans. I’m not sure if I spelled that correctly but it’s a grocery store up here in Northern Virginia. We headed to the store only to find out they did not sell it with the cream cheese on it but we were able after walking around the store a couple of times to find the everything bagels and then the smoked salmon cream cheese. We headed for the check out and his wife said “Oh, no! We didn’t find anywhere to toast it!” I told her it was toasty on the outside and surely he wouldn’t be that picky.
I was wrong. He did want it toasted. I finally found a toaster in the cafeteria of the hospital and asked the cashier if she’d mind if I took our “outside” bagel and toasted it in their cafeteria. Not only did she allow it but gave me tips on how many times to run it through their toaster to get it nice and brown and then brought me a container to put it in and got me more napkins, etc. She also told me to come back anytime we needed to. Sandra was a very sweet employee.
Today I asked him if he wanted one of his remaining bagels we bought the other day and he said that would be great if I didn’t mind going to the cafeteria to toast it for him. I took his bagel and headed to the cafeteria only to find out they were not open yet. I asked some of the employees sitting in the cafeteria on break and they said they couldn’t “open” just for me, which I understood, so I went up to the Einstein Bagels to see if they would let me use their toaster to toast the bagel. The manager told me she was not allowed to toast an “outside” bagel in their toaster so I told her fine, I’d just purchase one toasted. When I got up to the line to pay she told the girl at the cash register not to charge me. I told her no, I didn’t mind paying for it and she said no, she insisted on me not paying for it. I guess she felt really badly about not being able to toast the one we already had. I thought that was very sweet of her.
All of the employees of the hospital have been more than hospitable. They are professional and courteous but also so loving and kind and genuinely concerned. I’ve never seen a nicer group of employees at any hospital I’ve ever had dealings with.
The other random act of kindness I’d like to tell you about concerns my husband. Several weeks ago (it was actually the day before Valentine’s Day) he had trained a couple of servers and made $71 in tips. He went by the grocery store on the way home so that he could use his tip money to buy “treats” for his employees for the next day because he knew it was going to be a tough day for them. He is such a thoughtful employer. Whenever he knows they are going to be super busy he purposely does something special for them like buy them candy or pizzas or something.
He picked out his candy and went to the register to pay. It was kind of late in the evening. I think it was around 10 or 11. The young woman in front of him was pretty much begging the cashier to sell her a can of baby formula for her child. I think the formula was $9 and some change and I think she had about $7.50 on her. She even asked for the manager and asked if they could just sell her half a can. She said she had been trying to borrow money all day to get formula for her baby and that was all she could come up with. Rather than try to help the almost hysterical young woman the manager called over the security guard and was going to escort the crying woman from the store. She said she hadn’t eaten all day, she just wanted to feed her baby.
You guessed it. My sweet sweet hubby took the whole $71 out of his pocket and handed it to the young woman and told her to buy as much formula as it would buy. He waited for her to buy the formula and he left. Empty handed. His employees didn’t get their usual treats the next day but I got to be even more proud of my husband than I usually am. I am so lucky to be married to such a wonderful man!