Random Acts Of Kindness

Our daughter, Shantel, had a mixed experience with kindness yesterday. Here is a little summary of how her day went:

After Shantel got home from work, she found out she needed to go to the Post Office to pick up a package. She didn’t have time to schedule a ride with Dial-a-Ride, so she had to call Uber. When she arrived at the Post Office, the Uber driver took her in, helped her get in the back of the line to wait her turn, then he returned to his car to wait for her to come out. I think it is important to note here that Shantel gets herself to work everyday, lives alone, and takes care of herself,  goes to her own doctor appointments, goes to get her own groceries (she goes to the Customer Service desk and asks for assistance to select her grocery items) etc. However, this Post Office did not have anyone that could assist a disabled person through the line…

Shantel said she was standing in line at the Post Office, with her long, white cane, with the red at the bottom, which is pretty much a universal sign that the person using the cane is blind or visually impaired. She said she waited, and waited, and never seemed to move up in line. At first, she said she thought it was just very busy, due to the Christmas mailing season.. But finally, a lady working behind the counter, noticed that Shantel couldn’t tell when the line was moving,  and that people behind Shantel in line were going around her, even stepping over her cane to get in front of her. So, that Post Office worker, went outside, and asked the Uber driver if he would come in and help Shantel keep her place in line, which he did…  I say, THANK-YOU to the Post Office worker for noticing, and helping Shantel, and THANK-YOU to that Uber driver for going above his job to help Shantel keep her place in line. And SHAME on all the people that felt the need to go around Shantel, instead of simply letting her know the line was moving forward…

Then, when Shantel finally got home, she got her laundry together and made her way to the laundry room at her apartment complex. She put her clothes in a washer, put her tide pods in, and put her quarters in the slot. Then she remembered she forgot something back at her apartment. She said she left the laundry room, and made her way back to her apartment, got the items she forgot, and when she came back, someone had removed her clothes, put their own clothes in and used her money, and tide pods, to do their own laundry. Again, to whoever did that, SHAME on YOU!!

I was so upset when I talked to Shantel and heard all of this. I told her I thought what happened was awful, and that I was sorry it happened. I asked her how she felt about it. Shantel said “mom, people do stuff like that all the time, I just had to learn to deal with it.” Well, as her mother, I can tell you, I will never accept that kind of bad behavior.

Shantel, Papa and I are so, so, proud of you and how you live your life. I wish life were a little easier for you, but you are, and always will be, our HERO! Never let the bad behavior of others dampen your kind heart, and beautiful spirit. Keep letting your special light shine brightly, and I hope you always keep practicing Random Acts of Kindness every chance you get! We love you Shantel.

Merry Christmas.

Stay Tuned!



9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Meg
    Dec 10, 2017 @ 00:01:14

    Your daughter sounds so sweet! I hope you all have a merry Christmas! Happy holidays!


  2. Bill
    Dec 10, 2017 @ 00:20:23

    So proud of you Shantel, you handle things like what happened to you so much better than I would have. Some people just SUCK.


  3. gotham girl
    Dec 10, 2017 @ 23:26:04

    People!!! What is wrong with People???? Like you say…thank goodness there’s still some good people out in our world, but hearing things like this really makes it harder to believe…and especially now that our country seems to going off the deep end in many ways. Shantel is just amazing. Just amazing. Thinking of you all. Sending love and hugs!!


    • beyondcinderella
      Dec 11, 2017 @ 01:40:30

      Yes, I hear you frissy. Bro and I so agree… We are always saying “People, People, People.. what are you doing, and why… “? It does seem like sometimes all of humanity has lost their minds…, but then, you get to see that random act of kindness, that gives you hope… Love and miss you. XoXo


  4. Ellen Kaufman
    Dec 11, 2017 @ 10:47:06

    I guess it takes all kinds to make the world, but God has given Shantel that extra something to get her through her days when she encounters these kind of people who are ignorant to the Corporal Works of Mercy. Thank God there are people in our world that show and do acts of kindness and are good decent human beings. Many Blessings and Joys to you Shantel for I trust that Jesus will watch over you and you will rate a higher place in God’s Home He has prepared for you . Love you and Merry Christmas 🎄


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