“Never underestimate the smallest acts of kindness.”
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|© Christina Rowsell|
While grocery shopping on the Friday prior to the long weekend, I had numerous items to pick up. As I queued up in the line, a young mom came behind me with her young daughter in a stroller and a small basket of groceries.
I said to her, “Please feel free to go ahead of me. I have a lot of groceries and you only have a few.”
Her response was, “No I am fine, but thanks anyways.”
I said, “Well with your little one, I thought you might like to goahead, but she seems quite content and in good spirits.”
At that moment, the little baby girl beamed a huge smile. The mom said, “Well she is normally quite good.”
I replied, “Well, when she isn’t, it is just to make you realize how good she is when she is happy!”
The mom smiled.
As my groceries were being checked out, I continued to chat with the baby girl and get lots of smiles back in return. As I checked out, I smiled back at the mom and said “Have a wonderful long weekend.”
She replied, “You too.”
Now, here is where the story really starts. I unpacked the groceries into the trunk of my car and went to return my shopping cart. That same mother went by me, stopped and said,“Thank you for being so nice. I was having a bit of a tough day, and you just changed it.”
I looked at her and smiled and said, “Thank you so much for sharing. Now you have just made my day. Can I please give you a hug?”
She agreed. We hugged, and I said “Enjoy the rest of the day.”
She said, “I will.”
As I turned, I noticed that a man had watched and heard our encounter and conversation and had a huge smile on his face. What a ripple effect from such a very simple thing.
I immediately thought of The Brighter Side Blog and the wonderful stories that this blog had shared "Everyone has a story so pay attention".
I am so full of gratitude right now for the little things, for they are truly what make a difference. Thank you The Brighter Side for sharing Good News, Great Ideas and Amazing People.