In my recent Pay it Forward post I shared a story of a random act of kindness my sister had done on our recent Disney trip. As we prepare to celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving, what better time to think about ways we can Pay it Forward to those around us? Whether you help a family member with a rent payment one month or put money in a parking meter for an unknowing stranger…you are PaYiNg it FoRwArD. We will be collecting Pay it Forward stories from our readers between now and Monday, November 19th. These stories will be compiled into a special post for Thanksgiving to share with our readers.
Please email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)
Last night I decided on a whim to take my kids out to dinner to a restaurant that gives out balloons to every kid when they enter the restaurant. My kids LoVe this and discuss what color balloon they are going to choose the entire car ride there. As parents it is not such a great perk because we spend most of our meal reminding the kids not to let the balloons touch the ceiling because they can pop, not to let the balloons get caught in the ceiling fans, begging the kids to let us tie the balloons to their chairs, and the list goes on and on and on! As many of you know my son Nicholas just loves to push the envelope every chance he gets and last night this little game of taunting Mommy with the green balloon was really pushing my last button. I always tell my kids that they only get ONE balloon at the restaurant whether they lose theirs or if they pop theirs…ONE and that’s it, the rest are for the other kids who come to eat with their families. When we walked outside to get into our car I decided that I wanted to take a picture of Nicholas and Abby with their balloons. The sun was in the perfect spot to cast a shadow of their little bodies holding their balloons and I wanted to save that moment.
Not two seconds after I snapped the picture…Nicholas let go of his balloon. He has never lost a balloon before, but knowing Nicholas I knew his reaction was not going to be good. He starting crying and begging for me to go inside the restaurant to get him a new one. I knew I could quickly stop the scene by running in and getting him a new balloon, but then I would be going back on my one balloon rule so that was out of the question. As my mind raced to somehow make this situation better out of nowhere appeared a little girl no older than 10 years old. She saw how upset Nicholas was as he was pointing and yelling at his green balloon in the sky and she handed him a blue balloon that she had received from the restaurant. As she walked away I stopped her and told her what a wonderful thing she had just done and how happy she had just made my son.
It is NeVeR too early to start teaching kids that kindness counts.
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)
This summer my family spent 9 AmAzInG days in Disney World. It was the first trip for my two kids and the second trip for my niece Taylor. With 3 kids ages 5 and under and my parents who toughed out the long days and heat…the fast pass system which can save you up to an hour and a half of waiting on lines is a NeCiSsItY. My sister was given 8 fast passes for the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror from one of the ride managers. If you haven’t been to Disney World, these two rides are located in the Hollywood Studios theme park and have an average wait time of at least an hour. Throughout the day our family used the passes that we wanted, but she still had a handful left over. Before we left the park, my sister decided to go to each ride and give out her fast passes to people who were waiting on the actual lines which as I said before were about an hour-long. She was met with SmiLeS, ThAnKs, and DisBeLiEf! One recipient said to her, “Thank you so much, I’ve done this for other people, but no one has ever done it for me…way to PAY IT FORWARD.”
In the upcoming months we will be asking YOU to share your own PAY IT FORWARD stories! Remember…a little bit of kindness goes a long way.
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)