Friday, October 31, 2014

Kindness At The Drive-Thru


I feel like I see these stories all of the time on my feed in Facebook…
 but it had never happened to me.

A stranger paid for your toll…your coffee…
your ice cream…maybe bought your lunch?

A grand gesture of anonymous kindness…
Then they drove off or left without waiting for a thank you…
or even a wave.

Paying it forward.

Gathering karma points.

However you look at it…
someone simply doing something nice for someone else.

It can literally turn your day around…
or perhaps, in my case, you weren't even having a bad day.

It happened to me!! 
Two days ago.

I was headed to Chicago to help a friend move.
Crusin along…listening to music…and decided to pull off and grab a Starbucks.

As I was in line, I thought to myself…I better eat something…
it was going to be a long day.

Rarely do I get food at Starbucks...but I did.

I was excited to let the Barista know I even had a complimentary drink…
 I am quite the regular.

But, as I handed her my card she said…
The guy ahead of you paid for your breakfast…
he also wanted me to tell you to have a great day!

It took a minute to register as I had my card dangling at her like…
what?

She smiled…

I smiled…

I looked ahead to see if he was around…
I would have launched myself as far out of my window as I could to try and wave…
you know...show my appreciation…
But he was gone.

Then I thought…man, hope he wasn't bummed when she was like her total was $8!
Like he was secretly hoping I only ordered a tall drip.

I got a meal.  

Regardless, it made my already good day that much better.

What a good reminder.

Be kind.
Be nice.
Smile at strangers.

You don't have to spend money to be generous.

Offer your time.

You could even help a friend move.


**My complimentary iced latte**

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dear Dad


I thought of you with love today.

How could I not?  
It was about 6:00pm when Lucinda called to tell us.
I had just landed in SLC a few hours before.
You waited until I left.

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed….

How Great Tho Art...your favorite…
I can you hear you sing…
Then sings my soul…my Savior God,  to Thee

I played Carrie Underwoods version today…
good grief that woman can sing.
But it's your song.
It reminds me of you.

I think of you everyday.  
I honestly do. 
You are remembered. 

Last night, Tony suggested 
we all do a text chain today 
retelling our favorite memory of you!  
He is the sweetest.  
We all thought...what a great idea!

I have so many.

I cherish the last month I spent with you.  

We didn't always say much of anything.  

But one day…
you reached your hand over to mine and looked at me…
I could barely understand you…
but you said…
You kids brought me so much joy.

You know I have a tender heart…
 and of course when I heard you say that I started to cry.

You seemed surprised.

It was that I just didn't know you felt that way.

Joy.

It is now one of my favorite words.

YOU brought me so much joy.

Thank you for telling me that.

To this day, I marvel at your will and your determination to be independent even though you were paralyzed.  
Dad, where did you find the courage?  

To this day, I can only hope I'll be so content in solitude as you were.  

While I have spent a considerable amount of time alone since you passed on…
I try to fill my time learning…
reading…
studying something…
taking pictures…
getting outside to exercise...
just being productive.

Thank you for all of those lessons.

I'm here celebrating you.  

Tonight…as we have done every year since you passed away…
we are all cooking a steak…
lighting the candles…
playing Beethoven and pouring a splash…
all for you!

Cheers Dad! 

I love you!