Fast forward two weeks to this morning... I went to my Sonic (I call it "my" Sonic because I stop there just about every morning to get my Route 44 Diet Coke with lime and extra ice), and I swear ten hours later, I am still grinning ear to ear. You see, I never carry cash, so I rarely am able to tip my carhops. Today though, I happened to have a $20 bill in my purse (the same $20 bill sent to me as a "Thank You" for simply doing the right thing), and I thought "This is perfect!!! It's time to pay it forward! I think a carhop is about to have one very Merry Christmas!" ;-) I ordered my little $5 meal, paid with my $20, and told her to keep the change.
You would have thought she'd just won the lottery. :-)
She asked me twice if I was sure. She shrieked. She giggled. She jumped up and down on her skates, and thanked me over and over. Then she wished me a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a happy every other holiday of the year. I left there knowing that I just made that girl's day, and in doing so, I made mine too! There's nothing better the feeling that you get when you do something kind and unexpected for someone who truly appreciates it.
Throughout this Holiday Season, I have witnessed and experienced more random acts of kindness than ever before.
- My kids (current, past, and future) and I have received clothes, toys, etc. from family, friends, and even a neighbor that I had never met! She just came by one afternoon, introduced herself, and told me that she had seen that I had a baby boy and wanted to know if I might be able to use some of the things that her son had outgrown. She came back with a HUGE tub of clothes, and Monkey is very much stylin' in them. :-)
- Early last week, my sister was