The Danish writer Henrik Nordbrandt once wrote that there are sixteen months in a year: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, November, November, November, November, and December. And it’s hard to disagree with him when Google’s “misery index” marks this month as the most miserable of all, and just this week the word ‘snow’ could be heard falling from the tongues of weather forecasters across the country. As they say, ‘Winter is coming.’
However, here at Take Note we are determined to block out the winter blues for as long as possible, and are rounding off our celebration of World Kindness Day with a blog full of warm and fuzzy feels, as we celebrate some of the loveliest random acts of kindness the world has ever seen!
The “Walking Man”
Back in early 2015, James Robertson, a factory worker from Detroit, Michigan, was featured in a local newspaper after he was photographed early one morning walking to work through the snow. It turned out Robertson walked 21 miles every day just to get to and from work.
After seeing the newspaper article, a local student set up a crowdfunding page to help buy Robertson a car. The story soon hit social media and, within a week, 13,000 people from across the world had donated a total of $350,000. The money changed Robertson’s life overnight. Not only was he able to buy a car, but, thanks to a local bank manager, he was able to invest his new savings and earn enough to buy himself an apartment only a twelve-minute drive from his workplace. This good news story does not stop there, though. The Detroit bus company whose terrible service had resulted in Robertson’s 21-mile work commute then brought in a 24-hour bus service, ensuring that no-one else would have to go through the same thing ever again.
A Girls’ Night Out
When eighteen-year-old Canadian Mahri Smith headed out for a girls’ night at the local casino with her friends, little did she know she was about to help show the world that you’re never too old to party! Partway through the night, as she and her friends crowded into the casino’s bathroom to take the obligatory mirror selfie, they were interrupted by an elderly lady offering to take the photo. As she complimented their outfits and took the picture, the woman said, ‘I remember when my girlfriends and I would get dressed up and go out like this.’ Touched by the lady’s kindness, Smith replied, ‘Why miss it? We are all out right now, aren’t we?’ and thus ensued a night out on the town for both young and old alike!
Babies on a Plane
When I was a year old, my parents took me on a plane to the Channel Islands. However, unbeknownst to them, I had contracted chickenpox, and was about to let the whole world know about it! Unfortunately, my parents didn’t have the same forethought as the parents from this final tale of a random act of kindness, but I bet they wish they had. In the case of these parents, they were lucky enough not to take a child with chickenpox onto an aeroplane. They did, however, take twins; twins who were just 14 weeks old! So, what do you do when you have to take twins who are just 14 weeks old on a flight? You butter up the other passengers, that’s what! These ingenious parents provided each and every passenger on their flight with a little packet of sweets and a note apologising in advance. Oh, and what else? Ear plugs, of course! If only the actual airlines could provide such niceties when babies are going to be on board!
Written by Transcriber Lydia