Random Acts of Kindness

Yesterday was the 3 year anniversary of her physical death…and I chose to celebrate her life…I chose to not let the sadness of the day suck me under…to the dark waters…I chose not to spend my day mourning and crying…I do that enough already.  I wanted it to be a day of smiles…laughter… and Random Acts of Kindness….aka: RAK’s…I wanted to make others smile…and laugh…so I could…and hopefully Lauren would too.

I started my day by thinking of Lauren and what she loved…what made her happy…made her smile.  Lauren enjoyed older folks…she was good with them…listening to their stories…playing games with them.  Some people have a gift for that…the patience…the understanding…the knowledge of when to listen and when to make them laugh.  So my first RAK was to buy some single, long stem roses…I wanted to share the beauty of the roses…the beauty of my rose.  I took a dozen yellow…a dozen pink and white…to a local nursing home.  As I went through the front door…right there…waiting…was a little, gray-haired woman in a wheelchair.  She said “Oh what beautiful roses you have”…and I said “Yes ma’am they sure are”…I pulled 1 yellow rose from the bunch and handed it to her saying…”This is for you…have a beautiful day…from Lauren”…her face lite up…she smelled it… and she thanked me profusely.  That was enough for me…that face…that smile.  I took the rest to the nurses station and asked them to please pass them out to anyone who needed their spirits lifted today…she said they would be happy to.  I didn’t explain why…I didn’t tell…I didn’t want it to be about my sadness…  my loss…but about Lauren’s smile and beauty…I also didn’t want the recipient to feel sadness for my loss…only the happiness and joy of getting a beautiful flower.  I didn’t have to see the end results…of the 23 others who received a rose…it lifted my heart…made me smile…to see that one and know it was multiplied.

Lauren loved animals…and we have always had a pet…usually a dog…usually two at a time…lol.  While she was at college…living on her own…she missed have a pet…someone to snuggle and play with.  One house she lived in with 2 other girls…one of them had a cat.  Now Lauren was allergic to cats…but she wasn’t gonna let that stop her from moving in…she said she would just keep her bedroom door shut and the cat out.  Well…that didn’t last long…she couldnt take it and the cat couldn’t either…he snuck in or forced his way in…to her room and her heart.  It was a kinky- haired cat that was supposed to be non-allergenic…and soon he was sleeping in her room…on her bed…on her clothes on the floor.  She loved it…she had a furry pet friend again.  Lauren had just moved out of that house the week before she died…she moved in with her grandparents to save some money before graduating…and Cosmo…yes, that was is name…Cosmo missed her terribly…keep looking for her…going in her room…meowing.   So my second RAK was to take a huge bag of dog food and cat food to the local animal shelter.

My third RAK…I took an apple pie to the front office of the RV park we stay in while we spend our 6 months a year in Fredericksburg.  They had been so kind to us…sending a beautiful plant..when they heard the news of her death…even though we had only just started staying there…and they didn’t know her.  I’m sure they didn’t know what the day was…but I wanted to make them smile…with a piece of apple pie…so I left it in the break room for all to enjoy.

My last RAK is still in progress…it’s a roll of pennies.  I plan to leave them in places…when I “feel the need”…maybe on the pavement…on a counter…on the floor.  You see I hope it will be the “penny from Heaven” that someone needs that day…whether it ends up being the “one” they needed when checking out at the store…or the “one” that is a sign from their loved one who has gone on before them…that they are loved.  I remember one day talking with my friend…who is also my nail tech and was giving me a manicure…about Lauren and her life…because she knew her too.  I was telling her about the “God winks” I had been getting and told her they were kinda like “pennies from Heaven”.  I can’t remember for sure if she had heard of that phrase before…but I told her the meaning behind the words.  We continued to laugh…and cry… talking about Lauren…and when I left and got to my car…there were 2 pennies on the running board of my car.  There was no “reason” for them to be there…and no one, who had been in hearing distance of us…had left the salon.  I started crying again…and had to go back in and show Kristal what I had found…”pennies from Heaven”…one for her…one for me.

RAK’s don’t have to cost you any money….just a little time….it’s the thought of others that counts.  It could be a smile for someone…a head nodded  in acknowledgment…holding a door open…letting someone go ahead of you in a checkout line…a phone call to check on a friend…a handwritten thank you note to a teacher…it can only cost us just a little time…to make someone smile…laugh…or feel better.  A little kindness goes a long way…it’s healing…it’s heartwarming…it’s happiness… for them…and it sure was for me…I was able to laugh…to smile…to have a happier heart.

6 thoughts on “Random Acts of Kindness

  1. How this Lauren Alston Foundation post is, Suzanne, also, surely a RAK. What a glorious way to share your love of Lauren with others. Thank you for the encouragement to “go and do likewise” as I interpreted this celebration of your daughter’s earthly life.

    I have so come to treasure the phrase, “communion of saints” as often I have experienced Lauren’s presence. As I see white fluffy clouds, especially on days of brilliant blue background, I feel her happiness, fun spirit as if she is dancing around heaven and spreading love and hope to/for All of us earthlings!!!
    Thanks again for allowing me to be her confirmation sponsor, grannie joy

  2. Grannie Joy…she had the best teacher of RAK’ s…you. You were a big part in shaping her into the young woman of faith that she was…it didn’t stop at that one year of mentoring…it was her whole life…she knew you were always there for her…and for that…We thank you.

    I have heard from some other folks about their RAK’ s done in Lauren’ s memory and I will be doing another post on those in the next couple weeks.

    Peace, Hope and Love to you my friend.

    • Sissie, you are a beautiful person and i love you. I told several people at work about Lauren this week and how all her family members had got her signature tattoo but next year….RAK,s

  3. Suzanne & Bryan I wish I knew the milllions of RAK’s your Sweet Angel Lauren showered to all those around her. I can say how much Doug admired and help Lauren up as a standard of Beautiful Spirits…. I want to add to the Honor to Remember your baby Lauren ( always a mom’s baby ) Prayers are flooding down the streets of Gold as Lauren & Noel want us to receive rivers of their Love ! ! ! Debbie

  4. A beautiful idea to honor a loved one. I never had the privilege to know Lauren personally – only through her grandparents, your parent’s Suzanne – Sis Sue and Pop Jasper. I am in their Small Group Bible study on Wednesday nights and have been since 2007. God bless you and Bryan. She was a beautiful young lady, inside and out. (((HUGS))). Shell Lockhart

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