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Friday, March 13, 2009

The kindness of strangers

Yesterday I took the kids to Wendys for lunch (which I have never done before because I'm a good mom who doesn't feed her kids fast food) anyway, there we were, all the food and kids on the table, and Graeme and Kai start howling because Chloe got the toy that they both wanted. Well, I very heroically resisted strangling them both and tried patiently to explain that after we were done eating we could go trade the unwanted toys for the much, much better and less cheaply made toys (heavy sarcasm).

Just at that moment, an employee of Wendys came over and asked if they wanted different toys. It was like a scene out of "Touched By An Angel". I swear she had a halo and I could hear a very faint angelic choir when she spoke.

Anyway, I said: "yes, please!" and she told the boys that they could have different toys as long as they ate all their lunch and then she smiled at them! I think my kids were in shock because their mother never smiles at them.

It was just such a small thing, it didn't cost her anything other than a few minutes of her time, but that small act of kindness made a big difference to me and my kids in that moment of crises. Thank you kind lady, whoever you are.

Today I'm most grateful for:
Food
Toys
and The kindness of strangers.

4 comments:

sues2u2 said...

Awww, Skip, that is so sweet!

Pat said...

That was so nice of that gal. Just when you thought all was lost. You never know who is out there just waiting to help out - do you? Makes you want to turn it around to someone else, doesn't it? Looking forward to seeing you all.

Love ya,

Dutson House Happenings said...

That is nice of that stranger! BTW The pictures on the side of your blog make me miss my old Hyrum house and the old neighbor hood!

Rebecca said...

You can also be grateful that you can say you don't usually give your kids that kind of food........
uh........