I am sure everyone is familiar with the above term. It was quite the catch all for good deeds once upon a time. Also ” Pay it forward” which was also a great movie. Both refer or include little random, unplanned acts of kindness toward others. I had a large wall hanging that had a hundred random acts of kindness listed in case you couldn’t think of any yourself should you wish to perform any good deeds. It was a great list, and helpful. Here are a few from this great site for kids ” http://www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com
- Put change in a vending machine.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Do a chore for someone without them knowing.
- Tell a joke.
- Return someone’s cart at the store.
- Give candy to your bank teller.
- Leave a letter in a library book.
- Feed the birds.
- Leave happy notes around town.
- Put a small bin in your car to collect recycling.
Do random acts of kindness include the world of earthly creatures? I mean the animals, bugs, creatures that crawl around the earth because I have done a lot of good acts towards that group. I remember once ( actually it happens all the time) my backyard flooded. We had planted grass in this section AGAIN so we had it fenced off. It rained something fierce and of course it flooded. While outside we noticed all these worms floating on the top of the water. It was a fish’s paradise. Birds were yelling at each other as well about the treasure trove below.
My granddaughters started shrieking about all the worms until my daughter-in-law and I started saving them from drowning. I mean really folks. Talk about messed up, but there we were reaching and tossing them onto the dry ground around this flooded area. The girls got into the rescue by using a toy bug net and fishing out the worms that way as well. I wish I would have had my camera that day as my daughter-in-law who is quite tall with long legs was stretching out with her foot, dipping it into the muddy water, to reach the far areas to pull out these soggy, wiggly little bodies.
We never had so much fun by turning a “ucky” thing into a rescue mission. The girls loved it. They felt like real saviors. Now don’t laugh. You do know that worms are good for the earth, just take a look at this great website http://wonderopolis.org/ it tells you all the benefits to earthworms. And besides, it was just gross looking at all those drowning bodies. What else could we do? We couldn’t just sit out there and watch, could we?
I walk on this lovely trail most days with my dog Tessie. If you have read my other blogs you know this already. This time of year there is lots to see. Deer, turtles, turkeys, and lots of small crawling little snails. Some days I walk along like I am doing a toe tapping dance maneuving around all these snails that are out crawling along the sidewalk. They seem to come out after a rain as well although it might just be because it is spring. Sometimes it is like an obstacle course to try and miss their crunchy little shells.
I once carried a large ten pound snapping turtle across this grassy overpass I was trekking along because it was stuck up on the path. I was walking and this hawk was skimming the sky overhead. It was hot out and I am sure the hawk thought that the large turtle would make a good meal.
I walked the length of a city block carrying this thing all the while it was rearing it’s head back trying to bite me. The ungrateful piece of hard shell. I managed to get it across the grassy overpass and down a hill to a wooded area where there was a small stream. The turtle never even said thank you, but I felt good anyway. I love turtles. I see them a lot while on my walks with Tess in the spring. They are usually trying to cross the sidewalk which can be a busy highway to a turtle. I usually move them along as well.
Have I mentioned ants? Yep you heard me right. Every spring my kitchen and bathroom become a thruway for a large colony of ants. I’m not sure why they picked the bathroom but the kitchen is a no brainer. Well, several years ago in a freaking mad dash I killed about a thousand ants while they were climbing in my window in the kitchen. I didn’t think I just swung the dish rag until they were all gone.
The guilt hit right away. I thought ” oh my god I just caused the death of a thousand ants.” Why did I act so wrecklessly? They weren’t hurting me, they don’t cause disease, and in reality they are really good for the earth. But, in the moment I thought ” yuck” and destroyed them all.
Well I have never been so careless since that murderous assault because the guilt still haunts me when I read how really good they are for the earth. Take a look at this site http://www.theincredibleant.com/ it gives you lots of details. So, now in order to keep them at bay I place a bowl with a couple of spoons of honey on my counter, and the ants all go to this bowl, and stay out of other things. As it turned out it has been a great science lesson for my granddaughters as we watch the colony consume the honey from the bowl. The whole group moves back and forth along my wall over the sink to and from the bowl of honey. It is fascinating.
I know some of you think that is just sick but I really don’t want to use any poisons, and they really don’t bother me. Again, we love to watch all the activity. Later in the summer they go away so it’s a good arrangement. I do keep all the necessary food items in containers away from the little buggers just in case you come over for dinner.
Anyway, it is funny the length we go to, or should I say some of us go to, to save the little critters of the world. We are all here together so I try to do as little harm as possible. I still react at times. I haven’t quite come to terms with the spider realm but I am trying.
So, in your spare time take a look at the little creatures and their world. There are so many worlds within our world. There is a purpose, a hierarchy, a team approach to many of God’s little creatures. They can provide a world of learning for your children. Perhaps if we show them now what it is to care about the earth and the people in it they won’t grow up to bomb other people or other countries. Perhaps they will learn to love the earth as well.
Take care of you and the little ones around, even the teeny, tiny ones, and do a random act of kindness for someone or something today. It really does feel good. Oh and have a great day.