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But, even more importantly, Tell me about the first random act of kindness you can remember witnessing.
Or, better yet, being the subject of...
or, and, please, anonymously, the first random act of kindness you can remember committing.
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On January 1st, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC), christiarc commented:
About 25 years ago, I was a mother of three. Mine were 2, 6 & 10. Happily, the poor and struggling years were on a decided uphill climb and life was being pretty decent to me.

One day as I was waiting in line at a grocery store, I noticed a young woman in line ahead of me. She was about 4 or 5 years younger than me and had a little one about 2 yrs. old in the kid seat of the cart. It was taking a little longer to ring up her groceries because she kept having the cashier subtotal the register every few items.

The last two items were a box of large, toddler sized crayons and a tube of mascara. You could see she was really beginning to worry whether she had enough money for it all. I thought to myself that I knew from firsthand experience how wretched it is to have to budget $20 so tightly, there is not one cent's room for error.

I made up my mind, if she has to put an item back and chooses the mascara...I would buy the mascara.

She did and so did I. She was so surprised when I said, "Here, take the mascara out of this." and handed the cashier a $5. At first she protested, saying it really wasn't necessary. I told her to accept it and someday when faced with a similar situation, she could repay me by doing some such for someone else.

This was donkey's ears befor the Pay It Forward thing. But I believe there is no nobility or character building to be found in poverty...only despair and sorrow. In this small way, I felt useful and am sure it benefitted me far more than it did her. If the mascara allowed her to at least feel attractive, then good. I am also sure she did indeed at some time in the past years, Pay It Forward.
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