Thursday, December 18, 2008


That is what the acronym savvy would call a "Random Act Of Kindness"

After posting about the selfishness of my family I was rewarded with a r.a.o.k. about an hour ago. I was sitting in the drive thru at Chick Fil A. I had ordered the kids' dinner because I was not cooking and I wanted ice cream. This would save me the hassle later and they could just get a snack before bed. I see this lady get out of her car and think, "What the heck is she doing?" as she walks up to my window.

Apparently she saw the writing on my windows (from July) and knew we were a military family. She wanted to show her appreciation with a small token in the form of a $5 Chick Fil A gift card. I thanked her and promptly put that card towards our dinner. How nice of her! Someone we didn't even know, someone that was not planning on giving away her gift card. She just gave it to us in a split second decision after reading the writing on the windows. It just goes to show that there are people out there that are not only thinking of themselves this holiday season.

*Note: I talked to my mom about hosting at her house for her side of the family to which she replied... "I can't afford it. And there was something mentioned about just the siblings and spouses going out to dinner." Ummm, what is there to afford, it's always potluck and going out to dinner will be cheaper than that? And what about the rest of the family, like me, and my husband and all the kids? Are we not important enough to get together with ONCE a year. Oh well, like Tiffany posted in my comments... one less thing I have to juggle.*


Tiffany said...

I'm glad that someone was able to instill a little Christmas Spirit back into you!

Oh and to let you know you, john and the kids ARE very important - at least to us!

Becky said...

What a sweet story that is!

My dad's side of the family decided not to have a Christmas get-together this year, too, and I'm still pretty upset about it. I feel the same way that you do, we only all get together this ONE time a year, and now that's off, too? It makes me feel really sad, but my silver lining is the same as less thing to juggle. It's a 2-hour drive each way, and it'll be nice to not have to deal with that in the midst of all the other madness.