RAOK - Random Acts of Kindness. Yesterday I was the recipient of a RAOK.
Every Tuesday I work at my LYS from 10-2 then go home for a few hours and return to teach an evening class. While I was home I started working on another set of placemats on my loom. My daughter interrupted me to show me something on Facebook which kind of left me with a sucker punch to my gut (long story not worth going into).
As I drove back to the store, I was ruminating on the news I had read on FB and was hurting in my heart. I walked into the store and the owner was there to teach a workshop. She took one look at my face and asked if I was okay - you see I don't have a poker face. I kind of wear all my emotions all over my face. So I told her the tale and decided to move on - isn't it amazing how sharing something takes the burden away?
Then she said someone had come into the store and anonymously purchased me a rigid heddle for my loom. She handed me a 10 dpi heddle and said she was under strict orders not to reveal the identity of the donor.
After getting over the complete surprise of such a RAOK, I explained I had purchased one a few weeks ago and was in fact weaving with it right now. Simple solution - switch it out for a 12.5 dpi heddle...now I have all the heddles to work with a variety of weight yarns!
My afternoon/evening went from hurting and heavy to feeling cared for and loved. Kindness is such an important thing. It is simple and it means so much. One of the graduation speeches at our daughter's graduation this past weekend was about kindness - it is ours to give and sometimes when you need it, it ours to receive.
So, anonymous donor, thank you. Your kindness means more to me than you can imagine.
With that in mind, I'd like to pay it forward. (BTW if you haven't seen the movie, Pay It Forward, it is well worth your time). Leave a comment with your Ravelry ID saying which of my designs you would like, and on June 20th I will draw 2 names to receive a gift of my pattern.
Lastly, if there is a little something kind you can do today for someone, just do it!