Today’s family experiment involves Service and Surprise. I borrowed this idea from my delightful, creative neices and nephew. They make trips to Target more enjoyable by asking the clerk who is scanning their merchandise what their favorite candy is. Once they finish checking out, they circle back in line with that item, purchase and hand it over to the clerk with the simple words of “thanks for what you do and someone was thinking about you today.”
They’ve also been known to park their own car and yet still tip the Valet with the same words. They sometimes deliver Krispy Kreme donuts to the individuals trapped inside the toll both when they hand over the change on the interstate.
These kids have seen their parents pay for their Starbucks order in the drive thru and ask the employee the cost of the order for the car behind them. Random Acts of Kindness are as familiar to these kids as laundry and homework . . . it’s just something they’ve always done. I love how familiar this ritual is to them, and how they raise the bar by thinking up new and creative ways to combine Service and Surprise.