Back in March, I told you about a school assignment where Emily had to talk about a random act of kindness.
You can read about it here: Random act of kindness
At the time, we couldn’t come up with an example as Emily doesn’t interact with strangers.
Over the last week, while we were away on an amazing vacation, I tried my best to let Emily be Emily.
Some people stared, some people didn’t even see us as they were absorbed in their own vacations, other people shared in our happiness and a small group were touched by random act of kindness.
I followed Emily’s lead.
She’s an awesome kid!
Here are some of the things we did.
1. At Harry Potter’s park, Emily couldn’t make her interactive wand work. She tried, I tried, Jon tried but we couldn’t do it. A boy probably 12 or so was looking at us… Holding a non-interactive wand and he looked like he wanted to try but his wand wouldn’t work. He gave Emily some pointers as he had been looking at other people… She looked at him and asked him to show her with her wand. His face lit up. He did it perfectly on the first try. He gave Emily back her wand, his mom discreetly thanked me and we went on our way. Emily probably made his day.
(I will tell you what happened to Emily’s shoe in another post)
2. We randomly offered to take pictures for families and couples.
3. We chatted with a 6 year old boy in line for an attraction. He wasn’t paying attention to the line and kept walking into Jon but instead of losing patience, we talked with him and his family and when he decided to join in on our family hug we let him. He was a wonderful little guy who happened to have Down Syndrome. He was friendly and just wanted to chat. He probably get stared at too so this was nice for him and his family as well as for our family.
4. We had dinner in Japan at Epcot. A family from New Jersey sat next to us at the Teppaniyaki table. They all looked at Emily at some point… Not sure if it was her voice or overly tired look… Emily was exhausted. We ate too much and planned to skip dessert even though it was included. The family sitting next to us with 2 kids on children meal plans were given the dessert menu and picked 4 desserts. When our server came back, I confirmed no desserts for us as Emily and Jon were already outside watching fireworks. The father ordered the desserts for his whole family just to hear our server tell him that those were the adult desserts. The kids could have ice cream. Dad was disappointed but asked for chocolate ice cream. They only had vanilla. He picked vanilla… I felt so bad for him. I remembered once, being offered ice cream or jello while adults were offered all the cool desserts. (I’m sure my mom could tell you all about my not so pleased with the rule reaction)
I don’t know if they couldn’t afford the extra cost of getting them the desserts they wanted… The dad looked so disappointed, the son wasn’t paying attention. The mom and daughter were in the restroom. I told our server that I had changed my mind and wanted 2 of our desserts. The 2 the kids wanted… I asked her to bring the desserts to them. The dad was so happy and when the mom came back from the restroom he told her all about the ice cream fiasco and how the nice lady (me!) took care of their desserts.
(That’s Emily after dinner 😴)
5. While trying to take pictures of Emily and Jon riding Splash Mountain, I took many pictures of many strangers. The lady next to me, ran out of space on her phone just when part of her group of students came down. I had pictures of them so after I got my pictures, I found her, showed her the pictures I took and asked for her email. I sent her the pictures today. I’m not sure if she truly believed I would be emailing her 😀
6. We distributed Mickey stickers to random kids. The doorman at the hotel kept giving them to us so we shared them. One little girl held her Mickey sticker during the whole Nemo play at Animal Kingdom.
7. Still at Animal Kingdom, we kept seeing this family. The son was probably 4 or 5 and was in a stroller. The little girl was younger and running around. At lunch, we ended-up sitting next to each other, I don’t think they ever noticed us but I saw them. I saw them put a helmet on their son before taking him out of his stroller for lunch. I saw the parents play tag team making sure both kids got all they needed. I saw people staring at their boy wearing an helmet to have lunch… When our server gave Emily 2 pictures of Donald-Daisy-Mickey-Goofy. I asked Emily if she would give one away to make someone happy. She picked that little guy. She went said hi and asked his mom if she could give him the picture.
I was so proud of her…
I am so extremely proud of her!
I’m sure I will think of other things we did but that’s it for now.
What a great way to improve on an awesome vacation!
Thank you. We really enjoyed doing this.
how wonderful and what a great lesson –
It was so natural to just be happy, enjoy our day and brighten other people’s day. Emily really embraced it all.
Oh that’s amazing! I can’t think of a better way to spend vacation time than by brightening the day of others! So very proud of all of y’all and it sounds like a grand time was had – and look at her hugging Donald!
We had a great time and it was hearth warming to see Emily embrace the random act of kindness philosophy. She’s a natural at making others happy.
What a loving and giving vacation !
We tried 🙂
Its a great life lesson to show our kids that helping out or being kind to strangers is very rewarding
At night, I was telling Emily about how happy we made strangers and she was really proud.
I give the next person in line my store points when I forget the reward card. Someone did that for me once and thought it was sweet.
I’ve done that before 🙂
It’s so great when you can lighten another person’s load or brighten their day. I really enjoyed reading about the many ways you made a positive difference.
I believe many people over think and over analyze how to make someone’s day. It’s the simplest thing sometimes that have the biggest impact