To illustrate this post, I’m sharing an old picture of Oliver, who decided to give the bread from a picnic we were having to some nearby ducks. Kind kids are an inspiration to us all. PRETTIER than a supermarket shot too!

…So today at the supermarket, something truly lovely happened. And just when you’ve got to thinking that we live in a tough old cynical world…

I happened to be shopping solo in Tesco for once (and what a joy it is to not have little people trying to bribe you into buying toy cars and sweet treats) when I finished my massive clean eating ‘full of good intentions’ shop and reached the counter.

Placing the fruit, veg, quinoa, lentils (you get the picture, can you tell I’m showing off?!) onto the conveyor belt, a lady in front of me who had finished her shopping stopped, turned and said with a smile, “Can I help you?”.

I was a little confused, she didn’t work at the store and had packed and paid for her shopping and was ready to leave. Sweet, in her 60’s, well turned out and polite, she looked NORMAL (ie not about to nick my shopping)…

“I’m not in a rush and can see you have lots in your trolley, I’ll help you pack if you like”

I told her not to worry, but she insisted it was no trouble and just like that a lovely stranger helped me pack my trolley for a good ten minutes, chatting away that didn’t want me to feel pressured to pack quickly with the queue of people behind me and now no one need wait.

Right there, my faith in mankind was renewed again. Although I have to say I do think the world is FULL of wonderful people. I just suppose it was the unexpected!

As we packed the last bag, I asked the lady her name (Colette) and thanked her again. Colette told me she tries to commit one random act of kindness a day, be it helping the elderly with their shopping or into their car and she even paid towards a young mum’s milk when she got to the till once and found she hadn’t have enough to cover it all.

How caring is that?

I consider myself a kind, generous lady, always donating money and items to charity and being there for friends and family as much as possible. Of course if I saw someone hurt or in need of help in public, I would try and be of assistance but I must admit as a previous London/metropolis dweller I would struggle a little to feel comfortable asking a stranger if they needed a hand with packing for example like Colette did with me, today.

Well I’m going to change.

Every day I want to try and follow Colette’s random act of kindness and help other people.

Yes of course I’ll be sensible, never putting myself in danger or the like but I too want to make one small gesture a day that could mean A LOT to someone else. Simple really.

Why don’t you join me?

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32 Responses

  1. Mel

    This is so unusual and genuinely lovely! You must really have been taken aback. I love it when people are just being nice for the sake of it. It is also a great feeling when you are the one being kind to others. Great post Vicki. x Mel #brilliantblogposts

  2. TheBoyandMe

    That is such a wonderful thing for her to have done! I try and do a few things like this every so often as well, not necessarily as time-consuming as that (which sound awful) but I have recently given a well-off mum who only had cards and no 50p pieces one for her boy to have a go on Thomas. It’s the little things like that which can make someone smile.

    I need to make more effort to do random acts of kindness.

    • honestmum

      @TheBoyandMe doesn’t sound awful, totally agree, hard to find so much time and with little people around but that is lovely, I’ve really tried to make more effort to help others and have the confidence to, too since Colette’s good deed!

  3. Lisa

    That’s a lovely story, I’d be interested to know how you are getting on with your resolution, is it hard to think of different ways to be randomly kind?

    • honestmum

      @Lisa thanks, no not been hard-it’s admittedly not been everyday but a lot more from offering to give people a hand or simply smiling more at random people! Simply spreading the love and happiness!

  4. Studio Kaufmann

    What a lovely story. When someone goes that extra mile it gives you such a wonderful warm feeling. I will try and do something nice for others too.

    • honestmum

      @Studio Kaufmann thanks lady, really meant a lot to me, someone taking time to help me for no reason other than being nice x

    • honestmum

      @Steph yes I thought that, simply helping anyone she thought might need it! I know, did toy with idea of a shot of my shopping!

      • Steph @MisplacedBrit.com

        I was so bummed today when I realised my ‘being kind to someone’ resolution was blown out of the water by house arrest & a not so well 3yr old… Until I had a eureka moment!! I could be super kind to my 3yr old!! 🙂 …She’s been a facepainted pink batman & sends you her thanks for a lovely patient caring mama who’s done pussels & danced with her pretty much all day!! …yes I exceeded myself 😉
        …I think I’m adding ‘Do a kind thing for each member of my family/day’ too… 😉

        Congrats on your ranking!

  5. Ebabee

    What a wonderful idea. We could all take a leaf out of Colette’s book. If each one of did that, just once a day, imagine what a wonderful world it would be! x

  6. Becky Cowley

    What a wonderful thing to happen & what a great idea! One of my ‘things I’d like to do’ this year included helping people in small ways like this!

  7. Lilinha Espindula

    It’s good to know that there are still some people out there that try and help others. I’m like you, I’m kind and help those who need, offer my seat on the train to elderly and pregnant, but I don’t usually offer to help anyone with their shopping. Perhaps it’s something I could work on this year! I truly believe that what goes round, comes round! 🙂 x

    • honestmum

      @Lilinha I totally agree and feel more confident to reach out now, the worst someone can say is no, right?! Happy New Year lovely x

  8. PhotoPuddle

    That’s so lovely. Funnily enough I read another blog post today about a stranger who lent the blogger some money for groceries when she forgot her purse at the supermarket. I wonder if it was the same woman!

  9. Leigh

    That is such a lovely idea, changing the world for the better one small random act of kindness at a time 🙂


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