The Weaving Word

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Surprised by Kindness

Ever have one of those days where things just keep going wrong? Nothing tragic, just a frustrating…annoying…nothing comes easy kind of day? Today was one of those days for me.  And my mood just totally got turned around with a simple dollar bill.  Yep, that’s what I said.  $1.00.

Had to run a quick errand with my 5 year old tonight.  On the way home, I took the last dollar out of my purse to treat us to 2 apple pies from McDonald’s drive thru. Well, I got up to the window, and the cashier said with a smile, “The woman in front of you already paid for it.”

Her car was gone by then, so I couldn’t even wave, but she really made my day. So whoever you are, mystery woman, thank you for the apple pies. Of course it’s not about the dollar I saved, but the gleeful feeling of surprise from that random act of kindness. It is so easy nowadays to be wary of strangers–to expect the worst of people. Yet sometimes they dare to prove us wrong. I think next time I hit the drive thru on a busy night, I just might pay this one forward, because I’ll bet that nice woman was smiling all the way home too.


I’m including more Christmas music for good measure.  This is the most fun, upbeat versions of “What Child is This” I’ve ever heard, and it’s hard to find.  Now that I’m in a good mood again, it only seems appropriate to share. Enjoy!


About weavingword

Allison D. Reid is a Christian Fantasy author with a fondness for Medieval history. Her first published series, the Wind Rider Chronicles, embraces traditional fantasy elements but is also infused with deeper spiritual themes. The first two books in the series, "Journey to Aviad" and "Ancient Voices: Into the Depths" can be found at Amazon and other online book retailers. "Journey to Aviad" is now FREE. Visit to learn more.

4 comments on “Surprised by Kindness

  1. frederick anderson
    December 18, 2015

    The only version I ever heard was the original ‘Greensleeves’. Henry VIII was supposed to have written it, but didn’t. I’m not sure if it is any known composer, but it is lovely music. I can picture myself offering payment for the car following, and the reply: “Okay, so that’s six Big Mac with large fries, a side orfer of onions and six large Cokes, eight Happy Meals…get the picture? That’s how my luck runs…


    • weavingword
      December 18, 2015

      No worries, you can start off by asking the total of their order before you agree to pay for it. 🙂 I actually did end up doing this for someone else last week. Two old women who insisted on waving me through to the pay window even though it was their turn to move forward in line. They only ordered about $5 worth of food, and taking care of it for them really did make me smile all the way home.


  2. leeduigon
    December 8, 2015

    Try that trick in a toll booth, and the guy in the next car will be really confused.


  3. Andrea Lundgren
    December 8, 2015

    Wow, that is upbeat! I think it rather alters the austere, reverential mood of the original, but it’s fun. Thanks for sharing!


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