My cold, cold heart continues to be warmed by the outpouring of support I have seen from the Rochester area community over the past several weeks. It’s either that or the whiskey, but I’d like to believe it’s really the first one!
While December was a month of tragedy not just for my community, but for the Nation as a whole, I have focused on making 2013 a positive year. Vowing to remember the victims of senseless crimes, I’ve been putting one foot in front of the other to move forward. Okay…..actually….. that’s a lie. Anyone that knows me knows that I frequently don’t put one foot in front of the other on a normal/good/sober day, much less while trying to carry-on with life and a “positive attitude!!”
Almost daily, I hear of a good deed that’s been done, money that’s been raised, or just good old-fashioned kind hearted spirit being displayed all over. The Grinch herself (ahem!) has even done a few “special things” for strangers, yet I somehow feel that it “takes away” from the deed to boast about it. I don’t know?
I WILL tell you that while in Denny’s for breakfast last Friday morning, I was lucky enough to personally experience a random act of kindness. While sitting in a booth with a sick scammer who was hacking up a lung as the school bus came and went, but mysteriously was ‘better’ by 9:00am, we were approached by a smiling older gentleman. He began to explain that Santa Claus had asked him to give money to the first pretty girl he came across. As my cheeks became flushed and I started prepping in my mind about how I would shyly say
“Nahhhh….. I’m not that pretty! Oh, these dimples??”,
he reached over and gave my 6 year old a $5.00 bill! Nice work, Chief Scammer! Not only is she going out to breakfast when she misses school, she’s getting paid as well! THERE’S some incentive for her to get back to reading ‘Franklin’ and drawing apple trees in the First grade. Not!
Amazingly, that simple gesture by a stranger inspired me to turn around and perform a good deed myself! Kindness is the gift that keeps on giving. Or is that cyphillis? I’ll have to check my sources!
In all seriousness, good deeds inspire good deeds. My fear is that this giving nature will eventually”wear off”. We’ve all shown the good we’re capable of, and there are and will be many others worthy and deserving of our goodness. Let’s be sure to continue spreading the love. The kind that spreads kindness, not cyphillis.
Last night a fundraiser for West Webster Fire Department was held at the Genesee Brew House. I had one friend who was so dedicated to going, that she even took her puppers with her when she realized she wouldn’t have time to make it home and drop her dog off safely. As a responsible pet owner, rather than leave him in the car, she did the next best thing: Took him inside and told anyone who asked, that he was her therapy dog. Brilliance! You can read her funny blog about it here: http://awesomelyalyss.blogspot.com/2013/01/therapy-dogs-not-accessory-for-2013.html#!/2013/01/therapy-dogs-not-accessory-for-2013.html
That is dedication right there! Definitely made me smile! With that said, in the spirit of giving, if you’re in the Rochester area and an animal lover, this is the time to consider expanding your furmily. Rochester’s Verona St. animal shelter is maxed to capacity and there are many dogs looking to be adopted ASAP. I don’t mean to go all Sarah McClachlan on you, but the situation is dire.
If you’re able, please think about adding a new k-9 son or dogger to your family!! There is an incentive to adopt now through January 12th, and you can learn more here.