Acts of Kindness – Days 4, 5, and 6

Man it is trying being overly kind on the weekends AND blogging.

On Saturday (Day 4), we went out for my friend, Tina’s, bday. For my act of kindness, I made sure everyone got together for a group picture before they left. It was what Tina wanted and I was there for her. Here’s the pic:

(I also think it’s pretty kind of me to put this picture up. Seriously, what am I doing???)

Day 5 I went to Vons and told my favorite clerk what a wonderful job she does and that I like to wait in her line, even if it’s longer than the others. She said, “Awwww. I love that! And I love your red headed child!” Heh!

Today (Day 6) I baked cupcakes for a veteren in honor of Veteran’s Day. That veteran was this guy:

Corporal (CPL) Charles Matthew Saenz – my dad

Charlie Saenz served in the Marines Corps from 1964-1967. In that time, he fought hard for our country in the Vietnam War.

So here’s to my dad! Best Vet ever!

Acts of Kindness – Day 2: A Stranger

Alrighty. Day 2! Today we decided to spread the kindness to a complete stranger. This one is tough because people really think you are crazy if you go over and above. (Which is sad really.) I wasn’t sure what I was going to do so I went to South Coast Plaza.

Why not, ya know?

So my mom, my niece Kaylee, Ewan, and I all went to the mall together. After a little lunching and shopping around we had to make a bathroom pit stop. I went in the bathroom first while my mom stayed out with the kids. When I went into the bathroom, there was a baby screaming at the top of his lungs and a woman frantically trying to clean up and get out. At first, I didn’t think anything of it. And seriously my first thought was “Oh thank GOD that’s not my child today.” Then when I thought about it for a second, I was like maybe she needs help but before I could ask she left the bathroom.

When I got out of the bathroom, I saw that the lady and baby were still there. It did look like she was struggling. I decided this could be my act of kindness. I’ll ask her if she needs anything… she’ll give me her screaming baby… he’ll stop crying… and we’ll become best friends. Ha! Ok. Maybe not that far…

So very gently (I wanted to make sure she knew I wasn’t patronizing her) I said, “Hi. Babies, huh?” Hahahaha! And I pointed to my niece and Ewan. She kind of gave like a sigh-like sound. Then I asked if she needed anything. She said no but she did go on about how hard it was for her. She has a 2 1/2 year old girl and now the 4 month old baby. All she kept saying was I just want him to grow a little more. So what I did was listen. I didn’t judge her. I just tried to be as reassuring as I could.

I hope by asking if she needed anything and listening to her hard times, she felt slightly better.

So here’s to the moms out there with the screaming children. We’ve all been there!

Acts of Kindness – Day 1: To My Mom

Welp, it’s that time a year again where Jennifer Hyrcyk and I start being kind. Not to say we’re not kind throughout the year. We are. Promise.

Last year, if you remember, Jen and I devoted a day to performing acts of kindness. Our hope was to make people feel good and also spread the word that it doesn’t take a lot to be kind.

This year we’ve decided to start early. We haven’t set an actual date for the “big day” but we had a great idea for the lead up to the day. Here it is - Every day until the “big day” we will perform a “free” act of kindness. These ones are the hardest! We’re not going to spend any money. We’re just going to come up with a way to be kind. Eeeeeee!

Ok. Acts of Kindness – Day 1: To My Mom

Earlier today I sent my mom an email telling her all the wonderful things I love about her. Now. We are NOT mushy people. So to preface the email I warned her that it would get mushy and I told her she had to just suck it up! Here are a few things I wrote:

  • You are very smart.
  • You have lovely, thick, red hair.
  • You have the best scooting, dance moves.
  • You are a great whistler.
  • You are very generous.
  • You love your grandchildren.
  • You watch your grandchildren even though you’ve worked an 8 hour day and spend two hours in the car.
  • I don’t think you’ve ever called in sick without actually being sick.
  • You sang your children good morning songs every morning.
  • You are the best stocking stuffer in town.
  • You are very funny.
  • You are shy to the outside world.
  • Ewan is your favorite grandchild. (Ok. This one may not be true as my mom is VERY good at keeping it a secert as to which grandchild she likes the best.)

I really hope she enjoyed her email. And I hope that it put a smile on her face!

Here’s to Mama Saenz!

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