Friday, November 21, 2014

A random act of kindness....

Once upon a time a vocal minority decided to boycott Chick-Fil-A for not supporting their views. Since that time its been nearly impossible for me to get lunch at Chick-Fil-A. It seems the silent majority thought it would be good to show their support by eating there every day. Since I had limited time for lunch today I opted out of a chicken sandwich at the crowded spot for a Mcburger next door. I pulled through the drive with my burger, parked under a tree, and watched the traffic flow at the boycotted Chick-Fil-A. Eventually a young mother came out with a set of twin toddlers and a younger sib in her arms....patting her in the face over and over and over. She couldn't get across the crowded parking lot because the twins had obviously had straight sugar for lunch and were bouncing all over the sidewalk. The mom couldn't keep them close to her. She stood on the sidewalk for several minutes taking the pats to the face with a smile. As I watched, an older man in the McDonald's drive through pulled over, parked his pickup, and walked over to the stranded mom. He introduced himself then gently grabbed one of the twins mid-bounce. He walked over and lifted the second twin into his arms. He walked back to the mom to assure her and then escorted the four safely across the parking lot, helping the mom strap the twins into their car seats before turning back to his pickup. He then drove around McDonalds to get back in line for his own lunch. First of all, yes, I should have helped the poor lady but I was in a kind of stupor and didn't realize her problem in time. Secondly, yep, the man ran the considerable risk of getting mace in the face or possibly handcuffs on his wrists. It's a shame we live in a world where a random act of kindness is newsworthy....where a person has to really dare to be nice to a stranger....where a minority of the population decides for us what is okay and what will happen if we don't agree....a world where the silent majority continues to take it...silently. It's also a shame the Chick-Fil-A is so crowded I can't get lunch there anymore.

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