Nothing crafty going on here this week.
We are going camping this weekend and so I've been getting ready.
Mentally mostly as it's been 12 years since the last time we camped!
Our son Adam will turn 13 on Saturday and he's been wanting to camp since forever.
And so, for him, we are doing it!
I've avoided it for years but now that it is planned I'm looking forward to it.
Adam is a sweet boy and I'm excited to live in dirt for him!! ;)
I also want to share an experience we had today.
It really effected me and was a good reminder in life.
To preface, there was a commercial I remember...it may have been for insurance.. it was one of the ones where the commercial really had nothing to do with the product, but they were sending a good message.
It showed a woman doing something nice for someone, someone sees the act of kindness and they in turn show kindness to someone else and so on until I think the original woman is the recipient of some else's act of kindness.
We had just had a frustrating experience at the DMV.
Didn't think so.
Anyway, we decided to stop at McD's for lunch.
As we were walking toward the door a man pulls up in his car.
He hops out and kinda does a slow jog toward the door.
He gets to the door maybe 2 seconds before us, opens the door, walks in and lets the door close in our face.
Now maybe I'm a stickler for manners or expect too much from strangers but in my book if someone is literally right behind you at the door, you hold it for them.
It was obvious to all four of us that he jogged to the door in order to get in before us.
Now, that's not a big deal to me. I get it.
He's one guy obviously in a hurry and we are a family of four.
And it is 1pm and somewhat busy.
But to let the door go like that?
That is what really got to me.
That is what really got to me after having a crappy time at the DMV.
So, next we are at the register ordering.
We seem to be ordering with the manager.
The manager who doesn't seem to get how his register works very well.
Oh, and then there is the machine six feet away blending coffee drinks and is so loud you have to stop talking to let it stop cuz nobody can hear you when it's running.
I was not a happy girl.
As a matter of fact I was getting unusually annoyed.
As the rude guy walked by me to leave...and I half thought of flipping him the bird.....it hit me.
Had he just held the door open...he could have held it for my husband so that he could still have ordered before us...I wouldn't have walked in already irked.
Well, I would still have been bugged by the DMV, but the little act of rudeness just added a little to my mood.
Now, I fully accept responsibility for my own feelings and don't _blame_ the rude guy for my annoyance, but it fully taught me that my sometimes self-involved actions could effect someone else who may also have just been to the DMV or even have way worse life situations.
I'm a true believer in being nice.
I like helping a stranger with the door, picking something up that someone drops....it always leads to a smile (well usually) and it makes me feel good.
And I hope it makes them feel good, too.
I had never thought about or experienced what happens when the random act is rude.
This is getting (getting? gotten!) way too long.
Bottom line here is that just as a random act of kindness gets passed on, so can a random act of rudeness.
And either one can get passed on with differing effects.
Well, I just wanted to share this thing from today.
Sometimes it's the opposite lesson that has the true impact and proves the point.
And hey, rude guy.
I forgive you and thank you for teaching me a valuable lesson.