April RAOK showers bring May flowers
--by lewski711, posted May 12, 2016
This year was similar to the others. Some people politely declined our drinks, but you could tell that many others were skeptical of "kindness with no strings attached." I believe it's because it's so unusual in our society.
"There's got to be a catch. They must be trying to sell me something or hand out religious materials."
Some ignored us completely.
But then, there are those experiences like the dad and his 5th-grade daughter today who stopped and got cold water. They wanted to know what we were doing, why, and what prompted it.They stayed and wanted to hear our story.
Then there was the tourist from Italy on his motorcycle who couldn't believe that we wouldn't take money in exchange for the drink.
There was the cyclist who was so parched and was so thankful we had cold water for him.
My daughter learns so much about the need to make kindness more mainstream when we do this activity every year. It's frustrating that so many are wary, but it lets us know that we're doing the right thing so that kindness becomes commonplace!
I'm sure with time, kindness will be more prevalent in the whole world.
Your experience reminded me of the funny story where my friend went to help an old woman with a cart in a very snowy/stormy weather and by coincidence one more person also went towards that woman to help her out and the old woman started shouting thieves-thieves :)