You Said It, Nov. 13, 2011

For November, join us in observing Random Acts of Kindness month by sharing with You Said It readers a good deed either given or received.

I spent the summer just before college waiting tables in a small-town restaurant. My job was to open the restaurant and serve the coffee to several older gentlemen at 5 a.m. They enjoyed teasing me, lying about fish, and solving the world’s problems. Every morning they tipped one dime per cup, which equaled about a dollar for their entire table. As the summer went on, the dime turned into nickels, then pennies, much to my irritation, but I kept pouring the coffee with a smile. On my last day, the men wished me luck and left. There was a $100 bill under every cup.

Speaking of good deeds and doing good and kind things for others, I’m an elderly person and my next-door neighbor picks up my paper every morning and places it beside my front door. Now that’s what I call a good deed.

Much thanks to the person who found my opal ring last week in the Sam’s Club parking lot and turned it in. You have proven there are still good and honest people in the world. God bless you.

My mother-in-law worked years as a teacher’s aide before enrolling in college to get her teaching degree in her 40s. Despite her late start in higher education, she was an A student and earned an academic scholarship. After she retired from teaching, she donated that amount back to the same scholarship fund in order to support other striving scholars.


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