acts of awesomeness

Ever witness or experience something that gave you hope in humanity? share it so we can have some too.

Reason #572

- Disclaimer: Not an act of humanity story, but an example of loving the little things kinda story. -

Recently, I went with my boyfriend and his family on their annual summer vacation to Chincoteague Island in Virginia. On our first day there, we walked to the local book store to pick out our beach reads. We went our separate ways to browse for what felt like at least 45 minutes. During my search for the perfect page-turning thriller, I found a used copy of The Things They Carried, knowing my history-loving beau would most certainly be interested.

We reconvened a little while later with a pile of options for ourselves, and I presented him with the book I found for him. "Here! You'd love this." He looked at me and smiled, pulling a copy of the same book out from his pile.

Like I said, I found him a used copy, so I was pleased to have saved him a few bucks at checkout.

love thy neighbor

When I first moved to my new city, I knew right off the bat I had a good neighbor. Our back balconies are pretty much side by side, so the Grateful Dead sticker on his back porch door was enough of a clue for me that we'd get along (even though I'm personally more of a Phish from Vermont kind of girl). But he solidified his coolness when he introduced himself and welcomed me with homegrown tomatoes and zucchini.

As if that wasn't kind enough of him, come Halloween, my boyfriend and I (obviously) carved pumpkins and I had them outside on my porch table. The next day when I came home from work, there were four tiny tea light candles neatly lined up in a row in front of the pumpkins, two for each.

Old men rule.

paying it forward in the Drive-thru 

One day last year during my work lunch break, I went to a Chick-fil-A. Pretty standard. But when I approached the checkout window, the cashier told me the car in front of me had already paid for my lunch. Touched by the gesture, I did the only natural thing I could think of and paid for the car behind me. 

Paying it forward (or backwards?); pass it on.

Blessing bags

On a pretty somber day a few years ago, I climbed into my cousin's car where I found some Ziploc bags filled with travel-sized snacks and essentials; a toothbrush, toothpaste, pretzels, deodorant, a few dollar bills, that kind of thing. I held it up and asked what it was and he replied; "A blessing bag! We make them at work every few weeks to keep in our cars and give to the homeless people we see at stop lights."

Day. Made.

Dolmas from heaven

On the one year anniversary since my yia yia passed away, I was obviously feeling blue. I was sitting at work trying to focus when all of the sudden, a coworker approached me and said, "A little birdie told me you like these." She proceeded to hand me a plate of dolmas, a Greek "snack"...I guess, that I can do some serious damage on, but haven't had in a really long time. I immediately started to tear up because she had no idea what day it was and how badly I needed it.

I feel you, girl. I feel you.


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