Small things make a difference

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  1. Dnae Ila

    Dnae Ila Gaidin

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    I think there was a similar thread before the relaunch.

    There is apparently an older woman in my town who carries around pens and paper and writes people's names in beautiful Gothic style calligraphy to give them. My friend just posted to Facebook one she got while working at a local theater, and on her comments, several people mention having gotten one at restaurants and places over the years. That's when I remembered that a lady behind me in line at the grocery store did one of my son's name sometime last year. I was very frazzled that day, but it was a sweet gesture that made me smile. Just goes to show that you can use even a small or conventionally "useless" talent to make someone's day better.

    Anything similar you do or have seen?
     
  2. Narysse a'Jahar

    Narysse a'Jahar Aes Sedai

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    I don't do that necessarily, but when I am parking in a metered spot I always try to put another hour or two on the other side of the meter if there is a car there. Where I work the nearest parking garage is about two blocks away uphill, so most of the people who work there park at meters in front of their building. I figure it's the least I can do for someone to make it easier for them, especially since that spot is across the street from an inner city school and the police station, and close to a couple of medical places that cater to quite a large portion of the poverty population here.
     
  3. Polegnyn Nemeara

    Polegnyn Nemeara Aes Sedai

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    I’ve (or “we’ve” if the family goes with me) been picking up plastic and paper trash during walks that gets blown around our neighborhood.
     
  4. Adanys Wynterwulf

    Adanys Wynterwulf Sparkle Spren Aes Sedai

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    Yes! :joy

    It's such a small and easy thing to do, and it has a huge visual impact as well!
     
  5. Alenya Al'Roran

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    My mother in law likes to draw caricatures and always carries around her notebook and pen. She gave one to this cute little boy once, and it made his day.
     
  6. Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t'al'Djinn

    Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t'al'Djinn Aes Sedai Membership Activities Coordinator Head of the Green Ajah

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    A little kid at Celtic Fling last month thought Ty was an actual pirate so we stopped and took a picture with him and let him try on Ty's hat. It was adorable and his smile was huge
     
  7. Jocasta Braithe

    Jocasta Braithe Novice

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    My toddler likes to take off his shoes and throw them right now. And it makes a huge difference in my day when people pick them up and hand them back to us and smile, instead of looking at me like I'm a terrible mom. Kind strangers are wonderful.
     
  8. Adanys Wynterwulf

    Adanys Wynterwulf Sparkle Spren Aes Sedai

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    My heart often goes out to moms in public spaces with their kids. I can only imagine how much unfair judgement and anger is directed at them :(

    I flew next to a mom with 2 kids a while ago. One slept the entire time and the other was busy and quiet, but even then, just offering to help hold something, have a conversation, or help snap her baby carrying thing to her back seemed to mean something to her.
    Crazy how someone just being a decent human was already such a relief to her.
     
  9. Jocasta Braithe

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    I can imagine. I've seen people talk in mom groups about making packages with candy and earplugs and even money for the people they sit near on a flight. As basically an apology in advance for sitting next to kids... People can be SO judgmental sometimes. But sometimes I think it's more the parent's fear of being an annoyance.
     
  10. Juliya Karisu

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    I definitely get that fear! Not from being on an airplane, but just going out in general :\ So when people smile at me or say something like "Oh, I remember that stage" then it really helps.
     
  11. Jocasta Braithe

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    Yup! Just being a nice person is so helpful. I don't have to remember that stage, I am living that stage. LOL. Drink? :drunk
     
  12. Juliya Karisu

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    Hahaha cheers :beer
     
  13. Trystyne Telyan

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    We avoid plastic when ever possible. My family takes reusable bags to the grocery store.