Random Act of Kindness

An Everyday Commute to Work

I'm not quite sure how long the expression 'a random act of kindness' has been around, but I've heard it enough for it to stick in my head.

The Old Farmhouse

On my commute to work, which is taken on several back roads, I passed an old farmhouse that sat on a lot of acres by itself. Never, in the 15+ years of traveling that road, did I ever see a living soul, although, every once in a great while there would be a bag of trash out front. But, never any cars, activity, nothing. I just used to admire this old house and would wonder to myself, I wonder who owns it? what do they do? is it really abandoned? how I wish I could see the inside,,,,,the outside was your typical looking wooden structure with its peely white paint. It certainly was in need of some TLC.

So, my infatuation with this house just remained with me, and I'd share a thought or two with it every day as I passed by, saying to myself,,,hello house, I wish I could visit you, or better yet, own you. (Silly huh?)

Progress ?

Then, one day, what did I see but a work crew, and it appeared that they were clearing a parcel of land. Trees were coming down, shrubs being torn out, then the thought struck me! Oh no, is that house going to be destroyed? I just bet it is! Well, this drama played out for I don't know how long, until one day, you guessed it, the house was gone. Nothing left but barren land. I felt very sad. I mourned that old house, the stories it could have told, wondered who built it and when, who lived there, how many children were raised there, if any, what memories were kept there, but alas, I would never know.

Now my commute on that road was spent watching the construction guys doing their thing, clearing, paving, etc. This went on for probably over a year.

Acting on a Whim

One day, in the dead of winter, I had a thought. Wow, it's really cold out, and I'm sure those guys are freezing to death out there. So, on a whim, I pulled into a Dunkin Donuts, purchased two large containers of coffee, and two dozen donuts and off I went. The closer I got to that road, the more apprehensive I became. I thought, no, maybe this isn't a good idea,,,maybe they won't even be there,,,oh dear,,,,,,they're liable to think I'm some crazy old woman. But on I went,,,I slowed as I approached the driveway, turned my blinker on, and pulled in. There were 3 or 4 guys off a ways, so I called to them and said hello,,,,they walked over and said hello back. I said wait one sec, and walked to my truck, and brought out the coffee and donuts. I wish I had a camera that day to capture the look on their faces. One asked, what's this for? and I replied, well,,you must have heard the expression, a random act of kindness',,,well, that's what this is. Ever since I heard it, I always thought, one day I'll do it, so here I am. I received an ovation and was witness to wonderful smiles, along with a huge thank you. I left with a smile on my face (and, corny as this sounds, a song in my heart, true!) wishing them a good day.

It was a wonderful experience, and I hope one day to do something like that again.

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monitor 8 years ago from The world.

Keep the good deeds rolling out I say. Well done indeed. The boy scouts have a practice of doing a good deed a day. Then there is the movie based on the "pay it forward" system. I am a firm believer and supporter of doing good deeds. The first time we set out to do a good we may well be nervous. Understandable as it is not yet a common practice however if we all take a leaf from Trish1048's book perhaps good deeds will become common place. Then we can all live in a better world.

Thank you Trish1048.

Mon.


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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Patty, I heard this story from you a long time ago. I am so glad you hubbed it. Lots of love and good cheer to you, my friend!

Random acts of kindness are never overstated.


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

I know the feeling...and it feels good..I am always looking for yet another chance....G-Ma :o) hugs


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Thank you all for your kind comments. Just think, if every person did just one random act of kindness a day, what a nicer world we'd live in.


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

I know just what you mean. I try to be a blessing to at least one person every day. Sooner or later these acts of kindness always find their way back to you.


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Thank you rmr,,,this is just what we need. There are, however, some days when it's all I can do to just smile. Thankfully, those kinds of days aren't too often.


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jboland 8 years ago from Chico, CA

Yes, great story and great hub. I have to admit in my youth and twenties I have certainly not always been the most selfless or giving person, as I get older and (hopefully) wiser these random acts of kindness seem more important - thanks for reminding me. Jesse


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

hi jboland, thanks for your comments. I think our lives get so busy, every now and then we need a reminder. I know I sure do :)

Thanks for writing,

Patty


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Awesome Story! I'll bet you really made their day! Cheers, Steph


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grousepup 8 years ago from South Salem

Nicely done, Trish1048, I mean both the story and the deed. I must admit that I am too often unthinking in the act of a random kindness, selfish or thoughtless, or both. But, I have just made a resolution to try my best to add to the meager list of kindnesses too little seen in today's wild world.


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Thank you Steph and grousepup, I appreciate your comments. And thanks Steph for the very sweet fan mail :)

It just occurred to me, I guess this story makes it twice I've done a random act of kindness (as noted in my other hub), but probably more, this and the other one that were the ones that stood out in my mind.

I suppose there are a million ways to be kind, such as giving the toll-taker a $10 bill and telling them to pay for the next several cars with it,,,,,the list could go on and on. I just hope more people do it than not :)

Thanks, both of you,

Happy hubbing!

Patty


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Thanks for sending me an email regarding this great hub. I think it is great you had the courage to bring coffee and donuts to those workers, especially since it was very cold outside. I hope more people do things like that. Thanks for sharing your experiences with me.


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Hi Sweetie Pie,

You're welcome and glad you liked the hub. Thanks so much for taking time to check it out :)

Trish


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Trish,

Any time you want me to read a hub just send me an email, I always enjoy reading other peoples ideas and writings.


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Hi SweetiePie

Thanks, will do :)

Trish


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Trish, I finally found it! :) I'm so glad I did too because this is a beautiful story. It's very sad about the house, but I can only imagine the looks on the faces of those guys. I'll bet they still talk about that to this very day. :)


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Hi Pam,

Yes, I loved that old house.  I've always loved old houses, and I still remember my grandmother's house.  The thing I remember most about her house was being allowed to go into the attic.  I don't recall what I found in there, but something held my fascination.  When she built her new house next to that one, I loved the basement.  It was huge and she had all her Mason jars down there and all kinds of things.

I just came from Barnes & Noble with a new book.  I so love that store, and every time I go there I wish I could just live there or own every book in it LOL.  My dream home would be an old home with a huge library complete with the rolling floor-to-ceiling ladder.

Anyway, I digress.  I hope the guys remember.  I know I haven't forgotten :)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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muley84 7 years ago from Miami,FL

Talk about spontineity, I can only guess your apprehension before you got there, but you paint a pretty good picture for us. Good story, you were angel for the day.


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Hi muley,

I'd like to think so :)  It definitely was a 'feel good' day for me afterwards.

Thanks for visiting, glad you liked it.


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muley84 7 years ago from Miami,FL

Happy Mother's Day!


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

aww, muley, thanks so much! Same to your wife if you guys have kids :)


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DaisyExpress 6 years ago

Hi Trish

Great story. I subscribe to the Acts of Kindness Newsletter. I build from old materials so I appreciate your feelings towards the old house. I am always wondering if the people who looked through the old windows that I have savlaged were happy and what their lives were like....too bad about the old house....Sheryl


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trish1048 6 years ago Author

Hi Sheryl,

How interesting, I've never heard of that newsletter.

I pass by several very old abandoned houses, and I so long to be able to go inside and have a look. One in particular makes me sad, as I see it simply getting worse every year. At this point, I'm not sure if it could be salvaged. My guess is that if someone has enough money, it could be. Little by little it's falling apart. The porch roof has now collapsed. It is a two story house with an attic and looks to have been built in the early 1900s. In the summer, unless you know it's there, you can't see it as it is surrounded by massive trees. Perhaps I should learn my lesson and at least inquire about it. Anyway, I'm rambling now.

Thanks for commenting :)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

OMG! I really like you! I had always considered myself a pretty good guy until I met the love of my life, Bev, who has taught me a thing or two about true kindness. She does this sort of thing that you did...she will go buy a sandwich for some homeless guy and go back and deliver it to him...she takes empty shopping carts back into the store so the clerks don't have to do it...I have never seen a kinder person than Bev but you may be a very close second. Bravo my friend!


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trish1048 4 years ago Author

Hi Billy,

I'm positive you're a good guy. All I had to do is read your stories to know that it is true. It is also very evident that you are blessed with an amazing life partner :)

Many years ago I did volunteer work for an animal shelter. I was assigned to a nursing home and once a month would take a puppy or kitten to visit them. It gave them such joy, and I loved listening to their stories of their dear departed pets and to see all the photos as well.

Thanks so much for the compliment. I am truly flattered, and you have left me sitting here with a huge smile on my face :)

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