Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Ice Cream Kindness On Our Date Night

--by MakeSomeoneSmile, posted Nov 3, 2013
One of my favorite things in life is my monthly date night with my daughter. We try to include some kind of Smile Card activity whenever we can. This time was no exception!

It was 119 degrees today where we live so we thought we would make our kindness act something cool. 

After eating we went to an ice cream shop. As we paid for our ice cream we told the woman behind the counter that we were doing a random act of kindness and we would like to buy ice cream for the next person who came to the counter. We handed her the Smile Card to give them and told her how we would like to remain anonymous. 

She read it and told us she thought what we were doing was awesome. She said she would do it and we sat down at the table near the counter. My daughter wanted to spy on our victims!

The cashier said she was so excited and couldn't wait for someone to come to the counter. We smiled and waited, enjoying our ice cream. About five minutes later the cashier quietly told us, "Oh, good! Someone's coming!" 

The woman had two little kids and they put their ice cream bowls on the counter. As the woman reached for her wallet the cashier told her that someone wanted to, anonymously, buy her family's ice cream. She couldn't believe it. "Seriously?" she asked. It was awesome. Rachel and I pretended not to notice. It was great.

The cashier, in the spirit of remaining anonymous, came over to "wipe off our table," discreetly leaving our change without being seen. She was about as happy as we were about our random act of kindness. 

We took a napkin and wrote a note to the cashier thanking her for helping us "tag" the others. We waited until she went to the back room and quickly placed the note, a nice tip, and a Smile Card on the counter by the register, quickly scurrying out before we were seen. 

When we got home my daughter was very excited to tell her mom what we did. I love listening to her tell her version of how our kindness adventures go.

It was so much fun. The reactions of both the woman and the cashier made this one of our favorite tags. I love my date nights with my daughter more than anything in the world. I treasure every moment with her and seeing the world through her eyes is always fantastic for me. It is even more special that we share our Smile Card adventures together too. As I kissed her goodnight when she went to bed she told me how much she loves our date nights. I couldn't agree more!
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Readers Comments

VLR61182 wrote: What a wonderful way to help your daughter learn that giving/kindness feels good!
ike wrote: This is amazing, to engrave the act of kindness into your daughter's heart she'll never forget it!
renarussin wrote: That was an amazing share! When our children grow up and leave home we tend to forget all of those little things that we did with them and what joy we shared. My daughter is 30yrs old and married now. I wish i had kept a journal of those tender years. I encourage you to do so.
schultz345 wrote: What a wonderful way to build memories with your own child. Blessings to you!
LaughingFox wrote: Lovely story and action. Bless you.
Heidi wrote: I am inspired to do the same with my son.
heidibig wrote: What an awesome way to make memories with your daughter! I am doing to borrow your idea and do the same with my son. Thanks for the inspiration!
gina_atz wrote: Great idea xx
sam_whatt wrote: Delightful - plain and simple
kendallrhea wrote: That's truly amazing.

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