My First Experience With Smile Cards
--by Hope4lisa, posted Mar 25, 2007
Last week I set out on my nightly outing -- to a meeting, and then to spend some time with my best friend. I told him I wanted to use my smile cards. First stop, the Dollar Store. I bought 2 nice candle jars with thoughtful things written on them.
Next up, 7 Eleven. We parked and looked for someone to give a candle and card to. A woman had just gotten gas and was walking into the store. I hurriedly got out and ran over to her car, put the candle and card on top where she couldn't miss it, and ran back to my truck and waited. When she came out, she saw it, looked around, and acted like she was afraid to touch it! Another man getting gas had apparently seen me do it, and went over to her to "offer" to make sure it wasnt an explosive. (!!!) I saw them both smile, she picked up the candle and card and drove off.
Next, on our way to the next "victim", there was a mild fender bender on the highway. I was able to pull in right next to it and a young girl was obviously very upset and I went up to her and asked what happend and if she was alright. (My friend had just bought me a rose by the way.....at the 7 Eleven.) The girl obvioulsy needed someone to talk to when she said, "I dont want to tell you my life story, but........" and proceeded to tell me she was 18 yrs. old, her father had just gotten her the car and that he was going to "kill" her. She was so scared. I told her I had teenage daughters too and that both of them had been in minor accidents and to try not to worry or feel bad about it. I gave her my rose and a smile card and hugged her. I hope her father had mercy on her.
It was a good night. The last candle and card went to what looked like a homeless woman who came up to another convenience store on her bike, and when she went in, i put it in her bike basket. We watched her look at it as she rode off.
It was a good night, indeed.
Perhaps he funniest part was the woman who thought the candle was a bomb or something! (Poor, silly people who just cant believe in a simple kindness for free and for fun.) So that's my story, and I'm stickin to it. Thank you, everyone, for the inspiration!
May blessings continue to flow through you, serving others. I think of a beautiful prayer i recently heard: " may the long-time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you, guide
Your way on" - prayer from the sikh tradition
I felt absolutely warmed by your story and the way you kept the kindness flowing. A totally uplifting story!!
loved your story. happy tagging.