Today started out as a simple kind of day, but with peaks and valleys. About a month ago, I saw some chairs for my deck that I really really liked, but they were not within the $$ I wanted to spend. So I left Home Depot sad but hopeful that these chairs would go on summer clearance. Yesterday, I was in one of the Home Depots and saw that they were on sale but that store only had one left. So I did some internet sleuthing and found out that another store had more of the same chairs. Today was the day – to get my chairs. I called the store to make sure that the chairs were there. Then put them on hold and went there. But … looking at the size of the box .. 85 lbs — only one would fit in my truck at a time. Two trips.
It was a hot hot day here in Vancouver today. When I drove into the parking lot, the security guard was catching some shade under the tree. I saw him later pop into the store for a bottle of cold water. When I went out with my first chair, I shared a joke with him that a cold slurpee would probably be perfect right about then. He laughed and agreed. Short part — drove home with my chair and decided to go back that afternoon to get the second one so Sunday would be a sort of free day.
I told the story of the security guard under the tree for some shade. Then the idea was given to me. ‘Why don’t you bring him a slurpee?’ But what if he doesn’t like or can’t have sugar. And then what flavour of slurpee? Next idea. Gift card to Timmy’s for an Ice Cap or Fruit smoothie or something. Hmmm…..
As you all know me, ideas don’t have long to perculate in my head. On my way back to Home Depot, I picked up some $5 Timmy cards. Giving them out for #kindness365 or #justbecause sounded like a good idea.
I got my second chair and the same Home Depot person was taking it out to the car for me. I passed the security guard again. Handed him the Timmy’s card. He didn’t want to take it. I insisted and said ‘It’s what I do’. He then wondered what it was I did. So I sort of told him about Amanda in 15 words or less and said that doing KIND acts was all part of her legacy. All this time, the Home Depot person was listening and watching. When the security person said to me ‘What’s the story?’, I saw the Home Depot person nod and say, ‘I remember that girl and her story’. That’s when I said ‘Well, I’m her mom’. Both gentlemen shook my hand and then a discussion started on bullying and how race and culture sometimes/often plays a role. It was that AHA moment when you think, this is the coolest conversation to have randomly. I am sure these two men probably didn’t have the same breaktimes to ever have a chat like this.
We walked away. I gave them both bracelets. The security guard person kept the Timmy’s card. After loading up the second chair in my truck, I gave a second #JustBecause Timmy’s card away. The Home Depot person left humbled and thanked me for telling Amanda’s story. When I pulled out of the parking lot, I got big waves from the two men and they were still standing – under the shade tree – talking a bit longer. I can only imagine what they were talking about.
I just bubbled telling the story when I got home. Another two lives who now have a story to tell. Question: Why do nice things? The answer can only be …
#JustBecause #Kindness365 #SayItWithSnowflakes #BeKindAlltheTime