Kindness Fridays

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Caring gumby figuresKindness towards others doesn’t have to be grandiose. I mean, painting a next door neighbor’s two-story house is a very kind thing to do but many of us don’t have the capabilities to pull off that type of kindness.

Even the smallest gift of kindness can mean the world to people.

Last Friday I did my weekly grocery shopping at my primary grocery store. The weather has been extremely cold in the Pacific Northwest with snow and ice sticking around an inordinate length of time. Even though many businesses have made efforts to make their parking lots and sidewalks safe to walk on, some ice still remains as I discovered when walking from my car to the store entrance. I didn’t fall – thank the Universe – but the parking lot lane was a tad slippery.

Fast forward to me walking back to my car with a cart full of groceries, knowing that even if I made it safely to my car, I would still need to walk the cart to the nearest cart barn and then walk back to my car. I unloaded my groceries into my Toyota and a gentleman shopper walked up to me and said, “I’ll put that cart away for you.”

“Thanks so much, now I don’t have to risk life and limb walking it to the cart corral.”

He made my day, and all he had to do was walk a shopping cart 30 feet away.

4 thoughts on “Kindness Fridays

    Jill Weatherholt said:
    January 13, 2017 at 8:57 am

    It’s the little things, isn’t it? One of my pet peeves is when people leave their carts in the parking lot when the return is ten steps away.


      Irene Olson responded:
      January 13, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Yep, I understand some have difficulties walking but I imagine there are many who just couldn’t be bothered. Unfortunate.

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        Jill Weatherholt said:
        January 13, 2017 at 9:38 am

        Once I saw a woman, who walked fine, leave her cart in the open spot next to her car. It was a windy day and the cart started to roll. She glanced back at it, I thought she’d grab it. Instead, she got into her car as the cart smashed into another car.


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