Today I was at the Cabin Coffeehouse in Bemidji, MN. I met a new friend and then as I was getting ready to leave, I saw a father and his little girl trying to resolve the restroom dilemma. Dad wanted to take her into the men's room, but the little girl was not okay with that. She was probably about 4 or so and smart enough to know the difference. I offered to go into the women's room with her and the girl agreed that would work. She had on a little dress that looked like a ballet tutu--very cute. She did her business, washed her hands and then we went out again. Dad was thankful that I had helped out. I went and got my little bag of Bead People and let her choose one. Unfortunately, I didn't have anymore story books with me, but she picked out a sparkling little Bead Person that perfectly matched her dress. It was sweet. As I was leaving I heard the dad tell his little girl that this was a "random act of kindness."
I liked that. We should all be on the look out for ways that we can help one another. It doesn't just help the person receiving the gift--it makes us feel good, too. I felt light and airy after helping out
Patricia Jamie Lee is a national presenter, writer, and fairy godmother of The Bead People International Peace Project. Read more of her essays and fiction on her blog,