Jen Zbozny (writer for Mirror Moms, Altoona, Pa.
Today's event was special because someone else, a stranger, went out of her way for us. We had never been to Pamela's Victorian House of Tea and Music.. (Pamela's Victorian Cafe). Because my little daughter Eve's beloved Grandpa has been ill, he and Granny couldn't come to celebrate her birthday, which was today. To soothe the disappointment of Grampa's absence, I thought today would be perfect for a special fancy birthday tea and late luncheon. We arrived at Pamela's just after 3 pm where we learned that Pamela closes at 3. My heart began to sink. Then Pamela, whom I've never met, said, 'Come on in. We can do this for you today'. She made my little girl feel super special as we picked out tea cups and tea pots, and special hats to wear. She even played Happy Birthday on the piano. The food and atmosphere were scrumptious and delightful but the best gift was how Eve got to learn a lesson about kindness. Pamela went out of her way when she certainly didn't have to. That sort of giving nature and genuine kindness are at times difficult to show our children because it's so easy to get caught up in our own little details. It was an extraordinary gift from a complete stranger. I hope it's one Eve will treasure. I know I will. And I know we'll go back during regular hours too. What random acts of kindness have you committed or experienced today?
Jen, this is a most beautiful writing from the heart! We never know when we open for the day, how God will use us to bless someone...there is always such a story in people's lives that a random act of kindness can bring out in such a beautiful way. We are so glad you came in and thank you for writing in such a public forum about us, and expressing such wonderful sentiments to share with others. Your words give us many reasons to always greet others with smiles, welcoming words, and good attitudes...even at closing time! We hope Eve and you will come back again soon! Many blessings!