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Friday, February 21, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness Adventure Week 3

Ever since I saw the idea of giving an extra generous tip
to a waitress or waiter, I've wanted to do it!
There are those huge tips, $1-5K, that hit the news
that are always amazing to hear about.  I'm not able
to do something that huge, but I did like the idea of 
tipping the same amount as the bill!

Today I got to do that!
So much fun! 


 I was eating lunch out today because I invited
  my elderly neighbor lady to go with me.
I went to college with one of her sons
we've been neighbors for 26 years! 
 Her granddaughter and Taylor were friends in school.
She lost her husband last year due to Parkinson's Disease
after caring for him for a long 14 years!

I suppose asking her to lunch was a RAK, but she's done
RAKs for me over the years, too.  She used to invite
Taylor over to play when she babysat her granddaughter.
With three babies at home, that was much appreciated by me!
 Taylor knew if for some reason I wasn't home when
he got off the school bus, he could always run over to
Lydia's and stay there until I got home.

We had a nice lunch and chatted a couple of hours away
about our families, parents, kids and life's experiences.
We talked about random acts of kindnesses, too, because
she does read my blog! (Hi, Lydia! ha.)  She shared some very
sweet things that she's done lately.  But I wasn't surprised.
I've always known her to be a caring and giving person.

We stressed how important it is to make time.
Everyone is busy and uses it as an excuse for why
we cannot do things for others.  But it really comes down
to whether we want to make the time or not.
I'm glad we both made time to have lunch today!

And as far as the waiter... we still happened to be there
when he picked the bill from our table and he came
back to say thank you and that he would be passing
along the kindness to someone else!

So fun.

If you did a random act of kindness this week that you
want to share, please link up your post below so we
can read about it and be inspired, too!

The link will be open until tomorrow, 8:00PM EST.






55 comments:

  1. I went through the drive thru today for lunch and I heard the lady behind me order a large diet lemonade and while it wasn't more than $2, I thought of your RAK as I got to the window and paid for her drink. It wasn't much but hopefully it made her day.

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    1. Oh, I love that! I'm sure she was very surprised when she pulled up to the window to pay. Isn't it fun? And it really isn't the dollar amount at all...last week my acts cost nothing. It's the thought...yet, love is priceless! Thanks so much for sharing, Ann!

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  2. As someone who used to work as a waiter, I sure would've appreciated a 100% tip! -- silver fox

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    1. And you would have still remembered it to this day, right? It was really fun to do! :)

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  3. I got a tip or two as a cashier way back when
    It was nice at my den
    i helped move stuff this week
    That count at my creek

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    1. Lending a hand helps
      and deserves a big yelp!
      haha.

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  4. I was inspired by the Waste Bin Man on your video yesterday! Ours comes around on his route on Thursdays so today I met him at the end of the lane with a currant scone, a foam cup of tea and a table napkin. The look on his face was priceless indeed! It warmed my heart and I think it warmed his as well. Thank you, Betsy for sending on these adventures. It had been great fun!

    Vince

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    1. It has been great fun for me, too! I'm going to be sorry for February to end! I wish I could have seen the look on your garbage man's face this morning. I wonder if he has ever been served breakfast before!

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  5. making time is huge...sounds like good times with your friend...and a cool RAK as well...
    i helped a lady having car trouble today get to safety

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    1. make time IS huge....everyone is busy. It really isn't a valid excuse.

      Glad you were there to help the lady with car trouble. I'm sure she was really glad to see you come along. Did you have your mohawk up? Probably looked like some kinda super hero. lol....

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  6. I am so delighted that Wanda introduced you to me. I love this post and the RAK. So glad you and Lydia had lunch today and I know the waiter was overwhelmed.

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    1. Hi Mildred! So great to see you again. Yeah, that Wanda is a sweetheart. :) I'm glad Lydia and I had lunch today, too! And doing that for that waiter was just so fun! If you want to join in, the link is open all day tomorrow or you can link up next Friday, too! The more the merrier! :)

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  7. Oh this just tickled my heart. How special to have Two~n~One, RAK. More and more I'm thinking TIME is the most important gift we can give. Having a long lunch with Lydia...how special for you and HER! My RAK this week involved my neighbor CeCe.

    Betsy..When I was visiting Elizabeth today, I was sharing with her all the RAK that are taking place because of your weekly adventure. She was very interested and then said she had one. She went on to tell me the owner and her husband of the Nursing Home are gone for a few days, and the assistant who is in charge while they are gone, whispered to Elizabeth today, call your son Henry and tell him not to cook dinner (he's a bachelor) she was making a chicken dinner for both of them. She really likes Elizabeth, and I thought how sweet she gets to have dinner with her son tonight. That was a real RAK.

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    1. Wow...that is very sweet! I love that she's in such a nice place. And how fun for Henry, too! Thanks for sharing that here....I'm loving all the entries in the comments!

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  8. This is such a neat thing, Betsy. I have to write the day down. I was just a Wanda's and saw what RAK she did...hoe sweet both of you are!

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. You are more than welcome to join in! One more Friday this month!

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  9. What a fun random act! I'd enjoy that one too!

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    1. I really liked yours, too! I hadn't thought of flowers but it's perfect! And I love who you sent them to and why. So great.

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  10. That was so kind of you!! Love it :)

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  11. I'm semi-back to blogging myself, but check your blog regularly. I mean to comment, but find it frustrating on my iPhone. So here I am tonight, on my actual laptop... and I just wanted to say how beautiful all your posts are, but these RAK posts are very special. They serve as a beautiful reminder on how we can make the world a more wondrous place, one small act at a time. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Well, thanks, G. :) I've enjoyed you getting back in to the blog world! And I'm really looking forward to the upcoming cake project!

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  12. I try as much as is possible to tip generously every time I go somewhere to eat. I don't have the income to do so often, but I see no reason not to be at least a little generous!

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    1. Same here. I rarely eat out so that helps. I think tipping generously is appropriate..especially if you stay a long time or their service is extra good.

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    1. It was a really fun one to do, too! :)

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  14. Love. love. love. this one, Betsy. This is one of my favorite things to do. ;) blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Is it? Well, I've never done it before, but I have to admit it was a lot of fun! :)

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  15. I love your random act with the waitress ! I always try to give a Little more when I go to some placeo be patient .
    Esperanza worked last year in Hard Rock Café and she always enjoyed when someone give her tips !
    I love the Little face you made.
    Well here I still with my parents, so I try to be patient and kind with them, :)
    this post is really lovely betsy

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  16. What a precious neighbor. We all need a neighbor (or be one), who we can trust and rely on at a moments notice.
    A gift, treasure, special, or what ever you call someone like that, take care of them. You both are blessed!

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    1. Yes, she is. We had such a nice time...I plan on asking her again soon!

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  17. Your random acts of kindness posts are inspiring.

    Many years ago I wanted to do something nice for a waitress because I was in a show and had been going into this diner every night. She had impressed me. Waitresses at diners work incredibly hard and seem to juggle a million things at once. The last night of the show I ordered tea and then left her a $20 tip (that was quite a bit of money for me at the time). I never did see her reaction but I hope it made her day.

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    1. Oh, that's a good one. I'm sure it made her day...or week! I intended to be gone before the waiter saw my receipt but it didn't turn out that way. He seemed really pleased. So fun!

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  18. This is great, Betsy! And encouraging to all of us. Since I have been sick our church family and friends have rallied in an I\overwhelming way...so many wonderful meals...such a blessing!

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    1. I'm so glad you're being encouraged in that way! And I hope you continue to heal and get to wellness again!

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  19. Hi Betsy .. I must get myself in this mode somehow - but like you I rarely eat out, or have a coffee out - better change that!

    So pleased you took your neighbour out ... and you both had a good natter and catch up .. good to know Lydia visits here too ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. good natter...haha...oh, I love those british words. Natter and nosh, right? :)

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  20. Loved the examples shown here today and your's.
    I did not do anything specific today other than driving the bus as I do every Friday.

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    1. Well, I didn't do anything today either, except lots of laundry. ha. :)

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    2. Gosh! The laundry workload must defy belief!!
      How on earth do you sort all the socks out!!! LOL
      Something on my Plato blog which might be of interest, Betsy, courtesy of our BBC. But it lasts 29 mins.
      http://platosprocastinations.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/allegri-miserere.html.

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    3. Keeping up with the laundry is a RAK all in itself! haha.

      29 minutes...ok....I'll put it on while I do the dishes! :)

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    4. Dishes done...and to the most beautiful music! :) Thanks for giving me the link. That was very interesting. I think I had heard that history before but had forgotten it. I do enjoy classical music...was a music major in college...piano! :)

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    5. oops! now blogger is letting me (see below). Glad you liked the music.

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  21. Betsy, I'm here from Wanda too.
    She has been sharing her RAKs and it inspires me too.
    It has prompted me to sit down and write some notes to several of the people that missed our Bible Study last night...not emails, but actual snail mail notes. I feel that will really show how much I missed them. Thanks for the delightful blog. I will be back.
    Sue

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    1. Sue, what a great idea! Thanks for sharing it here so we can all read it and be inspired. Real mail....yes, they will be touched, I'm sure! :)

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  22. Glad you liked the music. How interesting you majored in music and play the piano. I play as well a little.
    Tried adding a comment in the reply field above but blogger would not let me.

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    1. I haven't played in years, though....life took a different turn that didn't involve a piano. :)

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  23. Loved your RAK, Betsy. Both of them. I don't know Lydia's situation, but I do know that the older generation can get lonely at times. I'm sure you brightened her day. By the way, my granddaughter's name is also Lidia.

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