A few weeks ago, I came up with the ingenious idea of personalising a picture of Beansey and making it into a "Skyfall" poster for his birthday invite. Only, I didn't have the time to learn or the know how as to how to go about this. Luckily, the rather gorgeous Emily from a mummy too came to my rescue and sent me a lovely, personalised invite that I then got printed into 6 x 4" photographs for my son to hand out to his friends.
She wouldn't take any form of payment, as said she was happy that my son was happy. So, I promised her that when the opportunity presented itself, I would "pass the kind" back on to someone else.
That moment was this morning.
I was standing in the checkout queue at the supermarket, and accidentally bumped into the lady behind me who was carrying some flowers. We had a little giggle, I apologised and said something like "Oh I am so sorry, can I do anything for you" and she jokingly said "oh yes, you could pay for my flowers". We laughed, and then I remembered.
I turned to her and the following took place:
Me: "Actually, give me those flowers, I AM going to buy them for you"
Lady: Don't be ridiculous dear, it was just a joke"
Me: "No, seriously a few weeks ago, someone did something extraordinarily kind to me and I promised that I would pass that kind on. It would be my pleasure to pay for them, I insist". I then took the flowers off her, and gave them to the checkout lady who scanned them through (deffo in cahoots with me!)
Lady: "Oh my goodness, what a lovely story, they are actually for my mother who is very ill and housebound, she will love this story, you are ever so kind and I promise to pass the kind on as well".
We hugged. We smiled and I left the shop with a spring in my step, knowing that an act of random kindness had made someones day (in the same way that Emily's did to me).
I know she'll pass the kind on. I hope reading this has prompted you to do something nice for a random stranger. If you do and it does, please come back and let me know.
Peace and Love