Recently I was in the market for quail eggs. My 9 yr old son expressed a desire to have his own project raising a smaller bird than a chicken. I was happy to help him with this project and consider it one of the benefits of the type of schooling that we do… we have time to invest in interesting projects.
My area for some reason doesn’t have quail or quail eggs within an hour (or more) and sending via post adds an element of risk with delicate eggs.
While seeing my sisters in NC I was able to find someone locally who kept quail and was selling hatching eggs. After a few texts back and forth I asked my sister if she’d drive me over. The woman offered to give me the eggs for a lower cost because it was for my sons project… very kind.
I was still arranging transportation and determining if it was a possibility when she texted me and said that she had someone bail on an order and was happy to let me have his order for FREE. She just didn’t want them to go to waste.
Very, very kind.
Then, she agreed to meet us at Trader Joe’s (halfway). So, let’s review… she was willing to meet us halfway at the expense of her time and gas money and give away the eggs for free. What in the world does she have to gain in this? I was struck… her kindness to a stranger was without gain, without promise of reward, it was not even convenient. There was nothing in it for her.
That was over and above kindness.
When I met her she reminded me so much of my friend Martha… sitting there with her dog, she had a sweetness, a kindness and gentleness and she was just as happy to pass on the eggs as I was to receive them.
I arrived home and showed my son…. BIG HUG and a hearty THANKS MOM!!!
(Of course, I paid her anyway, my son had a ‘budget’ for his eggs and was making an investment, so I think it’s important that he realizes that there is value in what he is purchasing).
So, when was the last time you were kind to a stranger? Or, that a stranger was kind to you?
Now is the time to ‘pay it forward’. I’d love to hear how this works out in your life! I find that usually if I ask for an opportunity one will present itselfand it is a blessing.