Comments such as this from someone named Elaine:
Naomi – “I am so glad you took the time to write about Russ’ small act of kindness. We need more about kindness.”
So, here’s more about kindness which once again has to do with Russ, the garbage and recycling guy on our end of East Grand Forks.
But first, let me refresh your memory about what Russ did last fall.
That September day (how I crave its temperature), I missed the garbage truck because I’d been on a bike ride. When I got home and realized Russ had already gone down our side of the street, I rolled our green bin across the street in front of a neighbor’s house where Russ had yet to go.
Then, I made myself a cup of coffee and stood inside my front door watching – waiting for Russ in his truck to return. After it had passed by on the other side, I would go right out and retrieve my garbage can.
Soon the truck did return, its mechanical arms picking up the neighbors receptacle, then mine, emptying and setting it back down.
But the big wheels didn’t keep rolling.
Next thing I know, – Russ gets out of the big green and white truck, grabs the handle of my receptacle and proceeds to roll is across the street and up my front sidewalk. He knew there was an extra container across the street and when he saw me in my doorway he figured its home was our house.
I walked out in my stocking feet with coffee cup in hand saying, “You are too nice.” He told me he loves to do things like that. We chatted for a moment and he left saying, “have a nice day.”
Indeed I did because of what Russ had just done.
Now — this morning.
I slept in because I’m a tad bit under the weather. When I took our receptacle out front, I did not know Russ had already passed by. He apparently noticed my receptacle hadn’t been there 15 minutes earlier, so after emptying the ones across the street, he gets out of his truck, walks across the street and wheels my bin around to the other side of his truck and lines it up with the mechanical arms. Then he got back in his truck, pulled the lever and emptied our garbage in the box. Russ then got back out of his truck and rolled our garbage can back over to our front sidewalk.
He was gone before I could open the door to shout out: “Thanks.”
Russ – I hope you get wind of this post. Thank you, thank you for yet another act of kindness. You know what it did? It restored soprano to my husky and scratchy sore throat.
Here are a few thoughts on kindness that I have found:
-Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver. – Barbara DeAngelis
-There’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. – Scott Adams
-No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves. – Amelia Earhart
Food for thought, huh?