This coin will be given to a parent at the 5th Grade Back to School Night where will be discussing Social and Emotional Learning.
I have the honor of being the first parent in the 5th Grade to start this coin's story. My goal was to practice a random act of kindness. Here is what I did. We have a large parking lot at work and due to my time of arrival I park in a spot close to the entrance. When I was departing work one day I asked the group I was walking out with, "hey, where are you guys parked?" They stated, "all the way in the back." I replied, "hop in my car, I will drive each of you to your vehicles." They all smiled and stated "really, you're going to do that? No one has ever done that before." They all piled in my car and I drove each to their vehicle. You can tell this gesture had a positive impact in their day and going forward when given the chance I will do this again. Amazing how a simple action can have such a positive impact in one's day!
The first 5th grade parent passed this coin on to me. I'll share two ways in which I helped someone recently. The first situation was part of an organized event, in which volunteers deliver care packages of homemade soup and bread to a member of our temple community - could be someone who is sick, had a death in the family, etc. Much of the time the volunteer drops off the care package and leaves. I made a delivery to an elderly woman who had recently moved into a retirement home, and instead of "dropping and running," we sat down in the common room and had a lovely visit for around 15-20 minutes. I think she really appreciated the outreach from the temple, and the opportunity to socialize with someone who was interested in what she had to say.
Second situation - I was picking up my car from the dealer after some repairs. The person I needed was helping a dad, who had his young daughter (3 years old) with him. The daughter was distracting them a little bit, but nothing out of the ordinary. Until she picked up the stapler and the employee had to take it away (not the father). This continued a few more times, still the father did nothing. I went over and took the stapler from her, brought her a foot or two away from the desk, and started playing with her so the employee and the dad could finish their business. Funny thing was, this random act of kindness was GREATLY appreciated by the employee. Not sure the dad even noticed!
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