The Kindness of Strangers

Something happened this past Saturday that I can’t stop thinking about.

This weekend, my daughter, and our family got the wonderful chance to understand what it feels like when you encounter truly generous and kind individuals.

And I hope this post reaches them because I was inside feeding my youngest some lunch when it happened. Maybe it was a good thing because I probably would have tried to hug them otherwise.

As many of you know, we live in Edmonton. This past weekend, we had a garage sale on Saturday and our oldest daughter was so excited to have her very first fruit punch stand (she was against lemonade for some reason, keep marching to the beat of your own drum kiddo).

She has been talking about this since the beginning of the summer when we first told her about how a lemonade stand works within a garage sale atmosphere. She picked out the fruit punch, decided how her work area would be set up, traced over her dad’s pen marks so she could make her sign and asked for a cloth to wipe up her messes.

She decided that she would use her profits to buy some marbles. She saw some in Canadian Tire months ago and decided that she would get the $4 she needed and would buy one of the many packs she had her eyes on. She asked that we add the message to her sign so she could let everyone know what she was going to do with the money she earned.

Now, back to my title. There were so many people who stopped by to chat with her. They asked her about her goal of buying more marbles my dad joked that she was buying them for him because he lost all of his, and many people purchased a cup of fruit punch. Some people were so generous that even though they didn’t want a drink, they still donated to her cause because she was pretty passionate about it. There was even one woman who paid $2 for her drink (that’s a huge mark up, yo… thanks). There were so many wonderful people that stopped by on Saturday.

Our daughter eagerly manned her station from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm when I could sense that she needed to sit down and took her inside where she literally passed out in to nap time bliss on me.

Before this happened though, a couple came by and talked to her. They noticed that she was saving her profits for marbles and they asked her about it. She held an amazing conversation with them and I was proud. They mentioned that they had seen marbles at a different garage sale and then asked for two cups of fruit punch from her.

Shortly after that, I went inside. Then I heard about what happened.

These same two people went back to that other garage sale, bought the marbles and came all of the way back to our garage sale. They gave my daughter a big bag of marbles and completely made her (and our) day.

An act of kindness doesn’t need to be grand, or expensive to be wonderful. It just needs to be genuine to really create an impact. This has been a wonderful learning opportunity for our four-year old. Now when we go to donate some of the food from our garden to the Edmonton Food Bank this year and my daughter asks why we are giving it away, I can ask her how she felt when she got those marbles, and she will get it.

So, to the amazing people who took some extra time out of their day to make a difference in my daughter’s world — THANK YOU from all of us. I really hope this post reaches you and you know that we are thankful for people like you.

Sheri Landry
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.
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