Tony and I usually see each other on Mondays or Tuesdays. Brian doesn’t mind. You see, Tony makes awesome pizza and it’s just $8.95 for a large every Monday and Tuesday. Today, being the last day of my kindness month just happens to fall on a Monday. Guess what? My family is gonna be eating pizza. And so will some of the ladies who work in office at the kid’s school. I paid over the phone and asked for Tony to deliver a pizza pie with a message that says: “Thanks for making this school a fun and safe place for my kids to learn. Love, a happy mom”
(Source of picture) That’s pretty much what Tony Pepperoni’s slices look like.
Later in the day, I happened to be at the school for something in Joshua’s classroom. When I stopped in the office to check in, I saw one of the secretaries eating pizza. (tee hee!) I overheard her saying what a hard day it has been; they are setting up a new drivers license identification program and it’s been stressful. Guess I picked a good day for Tony to deliver a treat! Yes!
Last year on my birthday, I intentionally did 34 “pay it forward”, “make someone smile”, “random acts of kindness” throughout the day. It was awesome, but this year, I want to put a little more time and effort by using the whole month of September. I think that will give me enough time to squeeze 35 actions, representing my 35 years of life. I have a list of ideas, some are easy, some are hard, some cost money and some require time. A few things I’ve been meaning to do forever and just need a little deadline like this to make happen. I hope you’ll cheer me on as I do some things a little out of the ordinary; and if you are inspired to do a random act of kindness in my honor, I’d love to hear about it. I’d consider it a little birthday present!
And so I have come to the end of the month of September, the end of my little project and the start of my 35th year of life. The internet has dozens of ideas and quotes: here are a few of my favorites: (I’d love to hear your favorite!)
Don’t be yourself – be someone a little nicer. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. ~Seneca
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. ~Henry James
There is no effect more disproportionate to its cause than the happiness bestowed by a small compliment. ~Robert Brault