Monday, August 3, 2009

Random Acts of Kindness

This is the 2nd part of yesturday's adventure along the Fundy Shore, however I felt it deserved a special solo post.

Anyone who has acted as a caregiver to a family member with an illness will appreciate just how special a random act of kindness can be.

This is Shaw's Country Market in the tiny community of Port Greville - The scene of the act! This quaint old fashioned market holds many, many treasures but none as special as the owners Terry and Gayle Shaw.

Upon arrival we were welcomed like family. I had met Mr. Shaw several years ago through a regional tourism Board in which we both served. So he had a bit of background on my mother's condition. It was easily apparent after being in the store for a few minutes that we were having a bit of difficulty. Mrs. Shaw jumped to the rescue and offered to sit with Mom and entertain her while we browsed the 2 floors of the market, un-distracted. I couldn't believe that anyone would be so thoughtful to virtual strangers. I came back downstairs to find Mom happy and eating an ice cream. I don't think she even knew we were gone!!

Mrs. Shaw and Mom

We never know what small gestures can mean to others. This small act of compassion certainly made our day extra special. So spread the word and pay it forward. Feel free to post you own random act of kindness in the comments.



  1. Yes, I agree Kim, we don't know how our small kindnesses mean to others.

    My neighbour just bought a brand new ATV from a dealer 2 hours away. He discovered that the new ATV had some serious defects and would have to go back to the dealer. The dilemma, his truck in the meantime, blew its engine and he had no way to bring it back to the dealer.

    My partner offered to drive the neighbour and the ATV to the dealer. It took 8 hours but the ATV was adjusted, tweaked and returned home by the end of the day.

    Good neighbours and random acts of kindness are so important, indeed.

  2. Yes, good neighbors are a great thing.