Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Special Kindnesses

This past week I have been on vacation with my family. We had many moments of laughter, craziness, and special memories. I want to share one of those moments with you today. 

Tara, hates the ride Tower of Terror. She is pretty brave on most rides, but this one she just won't do. She will wait with us in the line, but then just as we go to get on the ride we have to leave her waiting with the cast member running the ride. We've done it before and they are always kind enough to let her just sit there and wait for us, so we all get a chance to ride without having to leave someone behind with her. This particular time we get up to the front of the line and talked to the cast member about her staying behind. He agreed she could wait with him and we all boarded the "elevator". When the ride was over the elevator doors opened and instead of us seeing the cast member running the ride standing there, it was Tara. She had on the workers hat, and when the doors opened she stood there with the biggest grin on her face! She looked at everyone and said, "Welcome back!" Everyone on the ride started cheering and clapping. It was awesome! As everyone got off the ride she pointed the way to the exit and told them all to "Have a great day at California Adventure". It was so great!!! I don't think the cast member had any idea how much she would play it up and do his job. He also had a big grin on his face as he watched her and commented about how she really could work there. Tara absolutely loved it! It was one of the best moments of the trip! 

It made me so thankful for people who show special kindnesses to those around them and make memorable moments for others. This was a simple little thing for the cast member, but was a great memory my family will hold on to forever. 

I believe that every one of us has the opportunity every day to perform a special kindness for someone in our life. It might be a close friend or family member, or it could be a complete stranger. I challenge you all to look for those opportunities. Be the one who does a simple act of kindness and gives someone a special smile. You never know how much your small and simple act could mean to someone else. 

Luvs & Hugs