30 Days of Kindness Project: Day 1

Today I learned that this is going to be harder than I thought it would be.

You would think that I could open my front door, walk out and find a stranger to do something nice for.

Not the case.

I was actually out today quite a bit. We had a special homeschool class at a pottery place, I had to go to the bank, pick up kids at school and go to an away basketball game. Not one person appeared to need anything from me. There was a fleeting moment when an elderly lady at the bank looked as if she needed assistance, but nope. Not really.

On my way home after the basketball game, well actually after we watched half of the high school boys game because it seems a perk to being on the middle school girls team is free admittance to the high school boys game, but I digress, I decided that I would stop at Starbucks to get a cup of coffee for one of the bell ringers at the mall. I bought a tall Holiday Blend and proceeded to the mall.

No bell ringers. Not at JCPenny, Not at Dillard’s. Not at the mall entrance. Darn. Now what?

I drove in the general direction of home and began to pray for the Lord to reveal to me the person  to whom this cup of coffee belonged. I thought the Wal-Mart parking lot might be a good start.

On my way to the Wal-Mart, in hopes of finding a security guard or some random person, I spotted the gas station attendant through the window of the gas station on the corner of a pretty busy intersection. I decided she was the one. We pulled into the drive and waited for the people buying cigarettes to disperse. I awkwardly carried the coffee inside hopeful that she would accept it. When it was my turn to walk up to the counter I realized that I hadn’t planned what I would say. So this is what came out of my mouth.

“You don’t know me and I’m sure this is weird, but this is for you.”

To which she said, “wow, wow, wow, wow, wow,..” really it went on for a while, “wow, thank you, wow.”

I replied, “You’re welcome, Merry Christmas.”

And I left. And it was amazing. Day one complete. I’m going to try to make a better plan for day two!

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