I’m online searching for new ideas for random acts. I won’t lie. It’s prompted by my friend Matt’s quip of “You do a lot of the same things.” Lately, he’s right.
I type in “Random Act of Kindness ideas” on Google and within seconds I’m flooded with options. Isn’t technology grand? I click through a promising list of 100 and start to peruse. Done it. Done it. Done it. Done it. Ahhh.
Here’s something I can work with, I think. (I won’t tell you all I read because I’m sticking those in my back pocket for another day. It’s safe to assume singing at a nursing home isn’t going to happen. Even in a room full of semi-deaf patients, if I’m the singer, I don’t see any kindness in that option.)
Instead I choose….
No, I’m not going to tell you. I’m going to see if you can figure it out.
It’s after-school and I’m pawing through the boys’ backpacks, looking for clues on how they spent their day. After years of school life (and life with boys) I know I need more that their one-word answers to suffice my need for details.
I pull F.’s vocabulary test from his home folder. The teacher’s written in neat print letters across the front Great sentences! I turn the page over to read them for myself.
That’s when I stop. Dead.
“What does this say?”
Here, I’ll let you take a look. What do you think it says? Yeah, me too.
I’m biting on my lip to keep from busting out laughing. Great sentences! I think. Was the teacher having a chuckle and wanted to alert me to the funny?
“Clench to squeeze tightly.”
I nod my head slowly. Yes, of course. I see it now.
“Why what did you think it said?”
“That. That’s what I thought it said.” I pull him into me and kiss his head and laugh. Random Act of Kindness Idea #68: Make someone laugh. I hope you’re laughing, too.