My sweetest daughter-in-law got me a wonderful birthday preset this past year. It's an online writing project called "Storyworth". Once you sign up, you get a prompt each week for a year with a question that you answer about your life. It is recorded on their site and then at the end of the year, you can turn it into a book. Great idea!!! This week the prompt was "Have you ever given or been the recipient of a random act of kindness?
That's an interesting question. I haven't generally pondered over these questions long. To keep in step with the writing schedule, I usually write about the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the prompt. This is the first thing:
I was golfing at First Tee, which is my home course. When I came back to my car, I noticed an envelope under the windshield wiper. When I opened it, there was a gift card for golf at First Tee and a most beautiful note:
Please accept this gift in honor of my grandfather, Robert Ludlow Sr. He was a family man, a Navy veteran and an avid golfer. He lost his battle with mesothelioma on December 10, 2016. He left behind a wife of 57 years (together for 62) who also shared his love for golf. I hope these rounds bring you as much happiness as it did them. I only have two requests:
-Pay it forward to someone
-Go home and hug your family.
A grieving granddaughter.
It was one of the most beautiful gestures I have ever been a recipient of and I've kept that note to remind me of that gift. That was six years ago and I still think about it. Just a thought that those kind of selfless and loving gestures go a long way.