One day, out of the blue, the teacher of a seventh-grader with special needs called the student’s mother.
What Mr. West told the mother was simple.
What the mother heard was stunning in a good way — and heartfelt.
How the phone conversation unfolded:
“I just called,” Mr. West began, “to tell you your daughter had a great day at school today.”
The teacher heard … silence.
Then he heard sobbing.
“Thank you, Mr. West,” the mother said. “Not one person has ever called me from school with good news about my daughter.”
National Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Day is Feb. 17. I read Mr. West’s Story — and those of other RAKtivists — at randomactsofkindness.org. I visited the site after receiving an email from Sew4Good founder Allison Cohen. Her month-old group made fabric tissue holders at a “sew-in” held at a church in Evanston on Feb. 11, and was slated to distribute them six days later to homeless shelters, retirement homes and commuters on railway platforms.
Ever been the recipient of such an act?
You have if the driver in the car in front of you paid the toll for you.
You have if another stranger smiled at you or held a door open for you or slowed down to let you and your car merge or let you cut in line at the grocery store because you had fewer items.
Simple acts, all of them.
Acts that take seconds to complete but sometimes linger in the memory of the recipient for hours, for days.
Businesses act kindly, too. Plaza Cleaners, located in Portland, Oregon, posted this sign outside its doors: IF YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED AND NEED AN OUTFIT CLEAN FOR AN INTEVIEW, WE WILL CLEAN IT FOR FREE.
Feb. 18 is the day after National Random Acts of Kindness Day.
But why not consider it another day to make somebody’s day?