Anyone dislike Daylight Savings Time, besides me?
Looking at the rain coming down in buckets, watching the wind strip the leaves from the tree right outside my office window, it seems to go from daylight to darkness in a nanosecond. Looks like bedtime and we hadn’t even eaten dinner yet.
Happy I didn’t have to get out tonight. As W. C. Fields once said, “It ain’t a fit night out for man or beast.”
The weather has been like this all day. Today was supposed to be an errand day, but it didn’t take much to persuade me to stay inside where it was warm and dry.
I am grateful for my walker which allows me to get out and about, do things I can’t do without it. But rainy days are difficult, especially when the wind is blowing like it was today. I’ve found maneuvering one’s walker while holding an umbrella is nearly impossible. Storing the walker in the back seat of the car and trying to get into the front seat always ends up with me looking like a drowned rat.
Didn’t really need an excuse to stay in, but I had a good one anyway. Groceries ordered from Kroger Click List were coming between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. The delivery option is a wonderful thing for people like us.
At 1:20 pm, the phone rings. It is Trish, our favorite delivery lady saying she just pulled into the parking lot. Tom took off down the hall to let her in. Minutes later she was in our kitchen. Placing bags of freezer and refrigerator items on one side of the counter, canned goods on the other, and bags of miscellaneous items such as Kleenex, toothpaste, paper towels at the far end of the counter closest to the bathroom, and opening the pantry doors to put my soft drinks away. She has it down to a science.
As I sit on my walker in front of the fridge, she hands me my orange juice, milk, and ice cream. She is so friendly, so easy to talk to. Given the season, our conversation naturally turns to Thanksgiving. I asked if she had anything special planned.
“No, everyone in my family is gone. I’m the only one left so it’s not really special anymore. In fact, I am working half a day on Thursday. I have been doing it for several years so fellow employees can be at home with their families.”
My eyes teared up. What a thoughtful thing to do. I thanked her for displaying such kindness to her co-workers. Life can be hard, every family struggles with different complications on holidays. What a wonderful gift she was giving to others.
We drifted from Thanksgiving to pets. Her face lit up when she was talking about her dogs and cats, explaining how she obtained each of them. Saying she would be lost without them.
She then told me a sweet story about recently pulling over to the side of the road of an extremely busy intersection to rescue a little dog. The little guy was standing in the middle of the street with traffic whizzing by. He was shaking like a leaf as she put him into her car. After reading the information on his collar, she immediately drove to the address. The lady answering the door burst into tears when she saw the dog. She was so grateful that she offered Trish a reward. “I didn’t accept it, just told her to pay it forward.”
Pay it forward. Isn’t that what we all should do? Random acts of kindness are so easy to do and so appreciated, sometimes even lifesaving. I have been blessed to be on the receiving end so many times throughout my life, especially in the last few years.
When we moved from our condo to our little apartment in 2015, our lives shifted into an overwhelming, crazy existence beyond our control in a heartbeat. I had everything planned, everything under control until Tom had a heart attack and I had a stroke. And we were trying to move?
Thank goodness our family always comes through for us, but so many wonderful people came out of the woodwork to step up and help us get through a really stressful time. We will be forever grateful.
A wonderful neighbor from my old community hired her cleaning lady to clean my condo after we moved out knowing I couldn’t do it. My daughter wouldn’t even let me go back to double-check that we didn’t leave anything behind. She reported it was so clean it looked brand new. It was one of the nicest things anyone ever did for us.
Kindness can be shown in millions of ways, can be as simple as opening a door for someone, smiling at a stranger, saying hello to others, giving a compliment, calling or sending a card to a shut-in, writing a note to let someone know how much they mean to you, letting another car merge in front of you, stopping to let a pedestrian cross the street, or holding the elevator.
You get the idea. Let your imagination run wild or just do what comes naturally. Doing kind things when no one is looking makes a person feel better, brings such joy.
My heart is full during this time of thanksgiving. Thank you to the readers who take time to read my blog, sign up to follow me so my posts are delivered directly to your emails, and care enough to share your comments.
You have made me believe in myself, and my writing. I am truly grateful for your kindness.
Ending on a Positive Note: Never doubt there are many good people in the world spreading kindness every day. Never doubt the kindness we share with others will always find its way back to us.