Her Mom-ness says kindness can be hard to find these days. Elusive. Rare. So when you find it – or it finds you – be thankful. And reciprocate.
I’m not sure what that means. But it makes Mom smile. So it must be good. Like the other day.
We were out for a looong walk. Miles from home, her Mom-ness and I met up with another dog in a school playground. We played chase the ball for a while. Then the other dog went home with her Mom.
After the last ball toss, I came back limping. Mom noticed. We were a long way from my nice, soft doggie bed. Our water was almost gone. I could barely walk. How were we going to get home?
Mom tried to carry me. She managed about 12 steps before buckling under my 65 pounds.
We were tired. We were thirsty. I was hurt.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before.
“We could sure use a random act of kindness right now,” Mom said, nursing sore arms.
I’m not sure what that means either. Something about being friendly. Generous. Considerate. And nice. Just because you can. With no strings attached.
Kind of like the way I am every day.
Anyway, Mom gets out her phone thingy. Starts dialing. Every person she called trying to get us a ride home was either at work or across the state line.
Mom finally managed to get ahold of my big bro, Sam. He’s 22. He “just happened” to be off work that day. He was out at the beach with his girlfriend. Over an hour away.
Know what? They dropped everything. Raced to the car. Whizzed over to the school. Brought water. Picked us up. Drove us home.
Just because we asked.
How cool is that?
Turns out my peds were a bit sunburnt from the heat radiating off the school yard blacktop. I’m fine now. Back to my adorable self. Whizzing around the place at my usual 90 mph. Trying to be kind to everyone. Like my big bro Sam. I’m also trying to get the hang of kind-ing the mail carrier. (That takes extra practice. Nobody’s perfect.)
Speaking of kindness, here are some of Her Mom-ness’s favorite books or stories on the subject.
If you’re looking for the word “kindness” in the title, keep looking. These books are more subtle than that. They feature stories and/or characters who demonstrate generosity. Courage. Compassion. Grace. Kindness. If you know any of these, you’ll understand:
- Where The Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls. (Bring tissue.)
- A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
- King of the Wind – Marguerite Henry
- The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams
- The Lion and the Mouse – Aesop
- Come Thirsty – Max Lucado
- The Last Battle – C.S. Lewis
What would you add?
Meanwhile, I’m liking this random act of kindness thing. It’s kind of contagious. Unless it hits a cat. Then all bets are off.
Anyway, how ’bout you? Have you been struck by a random act of kindness this week? Or have you been the giver of a random act of kindness? Tell us about it. We love hearing from our peeps!