6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A story of kindness

This morning was a GREAT 10 miler with Zoe, details soon... in the mean time I wanted to share a little story about what happened at the park today. Yes it was in the 50's today, color us BLESSED..

Muscle Man wanted to go for a run, so I put the Little Studs in the car and drove to the park, while Muscle Man ran the 2+ miles. When I was packing up I thought about the twisty slide that Little Stud #1 likes and how there is ALWAYS a puddle at the bottom (Washington is rains a lot). I grabbed a towel and headed out.

When we arrived I realized that a girl I had played basketball against in high school was there with her daughter. We chatted, and watched the kiddos play. I dried the slides and dropped the towel on a nearby bench. Time passed, my friend left, and I was watching Little Stud #1 make friends with a Dog owner and cute grey pooch.

Two young women and two little girls approached the WET picnic table with their lunch. I could see the panic on there faces, their plan for a FUN lunch at the park was not going well. I QUICKLY jumped up and said "You can use this to dry off if you like," and handed them the towel. Simple gesture, they said "Thank you" with a smile, dried the table and set out their TASTY lunch.

While we played on the swings nearby, I saw one of the little girls hand Little Stud #1 something.... hmmmm?? I realized quickly it was a packaged chocolate truffle. I yelled "Say Thank you!" Then the girl came running around with yummy treats for all of us. She seemed so happy. They did not have to share their lunch, but they did as a gesture of Thanks.

When we left I thanked them for the candy and they AGAIN thanked me for the towel.

Does this have anything to do with running? Maybe..

I truly believe that the world, running world included, would be a better place if people were just a little nicer. Imagine the impact you can make with the simplest gesture. Hold a door, pause to let a car merge onto the road, pay for the drink of the person behind you at the coffee store, offer advice to a new racer about a course you have run before, talk to the cashier at the check-out, SMILE, be friendly... Simple acts of kindness create a ripple like pebble in the water, who knows how far that ripple will reach.

PS. I am working HARD on the 1,000+++ club and will have more details to those who signed up by next Saturday.


HAPPY SATURDAY!!

29 comments:

Aimee said...
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Aimee said...

I love this post..it is so true. The simplest, kindest gestures are sometimes the most meaningful!

On another note, I saw your post on RunFasterMommy's blog. I thought I'd send you a link to the slow/fast song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZgHeJ6yO1c
I love Laurie Berkner songs! My boys and I listen to her music all the time!

onelittletrigirl said...

I am a total believer in Paying in Forward. In fact, I am doing a post about this next week!

Jennifer P said...

Great post and it is something that I practice every day and teach to my son. Funny thing is I find road runners to be not a social bunch (in these parts anyway) but trail runners and triathletes to be the most friendly and social. See, you'd be a natural triathlete - swim, bike, run, pay it forward.

The Jesse said...

awesome post and what a great story. i agree, the whole world would be a much better place if everyone could just learn to be and/or act a little nicer. it seems that everyone has forgotten how rewarding it is to pay it forward and be kind to one another. thanks for such an inspiration post/story! have a great weekend!!!

Jill said...

Gotta just feel so good about the nice people in this world! I never have anything even remotely interesting happen on my runs...well, I'll think about that, surely in the couple hundred years I've been running I've run into a time or two. Hope you had a great run....and one day we'll get link together and wear our matching socks on the same day :). Happy Saturday to you!!

Velma said...

Great post - pay it forward is such a great lesson to teach the little studs

EricaH said...

Very well said I was just thinking today about something along those lines have a wonderful weekend.

ajh said...

Good story. As a teacher I try to model this philosophy to my students as it is so not automatic to them. You have to teach students to hold the door for one another rather than dash through it and not think of the person behind them. Many kids don't have these models at home so it is an important part of a teacher's job to do this in as natural a way as possible.

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

What a great story, and you are so right! Just a tiny simple act of kindess can make someone else's day!

Julie said...

Hi Mel,
Great post! I think we all need reminding on keeping the philosophy of generating kindness:)

On that note....I have a suggestion for all of the bloggers. When someone new sends you a message or kind words, we should all try take the time to respond. I know many of us get busy sometimes and then there is that thing called life! But, I must say that when I receive a kind message in return it warms my heart:) Think of it this way, these people are taking the time to read and comment on our blogs, and could also be potential blogger friends:) Maybe we could at least send a, "Thanks for stopping and reading my blog!" It will most certainly brighten someones day:) Just a suggestion! I hope everyone is having a great weekend:)

Tricia said...

Lovely!

Lacey Nicole said...

i love that!!!! i miss small communities that form in towns... i feel like it happens less and less. you and your fam make your community a better place :)

MCM Mama said...

Simple acts of kindness rock!

MCM Mama said...

Simple acts of kindness rock!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

love stories of paying it forward, wish more people would!! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

RunKathyRun said...

I love random acts of kindness; they are awesome

teacherwoman said...

This is soooo true, Tall Mom! thanks for sharing the story! It's good to remind each other once and a while what a simple act of kindess can do!

shellyrm said...

What a great story. It is so enriching to be able to help someone in such a simple way.

A little kindness sure can grow! Thanks for the reminder.

ChristieisaRunner said...

One of the things that I have liked most about my first year of "runnerdom" is the community that I feel that I'm a part of now. I have found so many new friends and kind, generous, and genuine people. And, of course, I try to do the same.

Melissa said...

Amen! It's sad that we live in a world where people look at you like you have 3 heads when you do something nice that should be like a reflex!

Rookie on the Run said...

I hope I get behind you in line at Starbucks, someday. ;D

Death and Back said...

I love reading posts like this. Not only does it make you feel good to know you do something to help someone out, but I think it always comes back to us.

Christina said...

Well said!

Amanda said...

So true, thanks for the reminder!

J said...

This is such a nice story! It is so true that a little bit of kindness goes a long way! I wish everyone was just a little bit nicer, a little bit more patient!!

Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . said...

That is a really nice story! Thanks for sharing and I totally agree with you. We can all start this in our own homes. I can frequently be heard telling my boys, "Being nice is free" or "If you don't have something nice to say, then don't say it!"

Nice to find your blog. I'm another tall mom! Just starting training for my first 5K and so far so good!

Staci Dombroski said...

That is such a sweet story :-) We had a chance to relocate to Washington at one time and seriously considered it because it is so gorgeous. It does rain a lot, but the views are awesome! However, we moved to South Carolina because the cost of living difference was huge.

Marlene said...

I completely agree that small gestures of kindness can go a LONG way! Great post and great reminder!