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.