This weekend was one of those fabulously minimal weekends. I didn’t go out, didn’t get drunk, didn’t have a hangover Saturday morning (shock horror!!!). When waking up without a hangover is a thing of rarity and beauty, it’s probably time to question what on earth you’re doing with your life. (And yes I am taking my own advice – realisation very much had).
Consequently, Saturday I felt more alive than I’ve felt in a long time. I had a wonderful burst of energy and once I’d had my coffee and obligatory Saturday bacon and egg sandwich, I went about organising the house.
We’ve been so busy lately that the “happy birthday” balloon garland I bought Jack not only stuck around for his birthday (29th May) but also my birthday (22nd June) and STILL hung on the wall 3 weeks after that. This bloody balloon garland was up for so long that it genuinely looked SO bizarre once we’d taken it down. These bionic balloons were seemingly indestructible because they still looked as fresh 6 weeks later as they did when they were blown up! I couldn’t just throw them away.
So I advertised them for free same-day collection on the Facebook market with the hope of brightening some little kids face when they wake up tomorrow to these wicked balloons. Needless to say they were snapped up pretty quickly and after I’d divulged my address to a complete stranger (I still don’t know how I feel about that), the balloons were picked up by their new owner.
The reason I’m telling you this long ass balloon story is because the man who came to pick them up made my entire day. They owned a farm shop and to say thank you, bought us a punnet of the loveliest, reddest, juiciest strawberries I’ve ever seen.
You may be thinking “so what?”. It’s a simple gesture, sure. But that’s my absolute favourite kind of human kindness. Something so simple and so unnecessary – done simply out of the kindness of another’s heart. Those are the small acts of good will that I think are the most important. It reminds me that there is goodness and warmth in the world in a time when it can often seem like there’s not.
So there we have it – the reason for this post. Small acts of human kindness really do go a long way. I hope this post inspires you to do something today purely with the aim of making someone else smile. Make an effort to be someone’s strawberries.
Love, Siân x