Random Acts Of Kindness – Amazing Teenagers

Random Acts Of Kindness – Amazing Teenagers. You’d think I would finally reach a level of maturity where I wouldn’t automatically judge people by appearance.


Apparently, not yet.


Salt Lake City's main library. photo: paul fraughton 7/26/07

Whilst returning VERY, VERY late Sesame Street dvds to the Salt Lake City Main Library yesterday, I watched a sightless lady try to navigate the returns line with her seeing eye dog. There were 3 snarky teenage boys just behind her–you know the sort–jostling each other, sniggering at their own jokes. Anyway, when the librarian told the lady she had $12.00 in fines, she took out her worn change purse.



The three teenagers that I’d been busy judging stepped in and politely told her that they’d “be pleased to pay that fine.” They handed over the money and quietly bought a cloth book bag for her, piling her new audiotapes inside.

I needed that this week.

I keep forgetting how truly good people can be, and that Random Act of Kindness humbled me and lifted me up at the same time.  What Act did you see or perform this week?

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5 responses to “Random Acts Of Kindness – Amazing Teenagers”

  1. Sherry k says:

    I find that teenage boys are very caring. They can be overwhelming sometimes because they are big and loud, I just love them though.

  2. Diane says:

    What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!

  3. todderinfav5admin says:

    Girlies, it was humbling for me to realize I’d judged them so quickly. It was a good lesson for me as well as a major mood boost. 🙂

  4. Diane L says:

    Your story brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing!

    • todderinfav5admin says:

      Diane, thank you for “feeling it” too! It was such an inspiring thing to see. It gives me more hope- and during these dark times, we can all use more hope. 🙂

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