Monday, December 17, 2007

random acts of kindness



i was the recipient of a random act of kindness the other night, and it felt wonderful!!

i was checking a guest into the hotel, and it turns out he is from Sweden. so i promptly used the three Swedish words in my vocabulary: gud yul, yultomten and (of course) lutfisk. (if you can imagine, i believe i used all of these in one extremely long, ridiculous sentence!). i explained how we're trying to make jack aware of his Swedish heritage.

at any rate, he seemed so surprised and happy to hear those few Swedish words. (he also chided my for not liking lutfisk, but, oh well.) he reached into his bag and pulled out two Swedish chocolate bars, one for me and one for jack's stocking! the whole exchange took 5 minutes, but is really left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside. i can't wait for jack to see that tomte really came to visit this year!

9 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Those Europeans really know how to use hazelnuts in their candy bars. Yum!

pjmesser said...

Awesome- and guess what? I did it!! I did a random act of kindness today. check it out!

Holly said...

What a nice surprise--and tasty too.

Sandi said...

RAKs are amazing, they work both ways, I bet he felt warm and fuzzy too.

April said...

That will be the best thing in your stocking...bar none! (Pun intended.) Okay, I'm a dork.

Jenmomof4 said...

I am a bit behind but I just put up the Mr. Linky for the Monday RAK's. So come back over and link up!

Merry Christmas!!

Jill said...

I love little exchanges like that, I'm sure you made him feel good too.

Amy said...

I love that RAK's are all about people connecting in little moments. The world beyond our own small realms truly does need more humanizing through such connection.

Amanda :-) said...

Oh, I LOVE the Swedes. Paul lived and worked in Gothenburg for a while and I visited him there, and we've holidayed in Saltsjobaden, near Stockholm. It's just a brillant place. I could easily move there.

He's a fabby bloke to be walking around with chocolate in his bag, just giving it away. Wouldn't he blush if he knew we were all raving about him on this blog? Hahaha!

That was really nice of you to use his language, by the way. Europeans reeeeally appreciate any attempt to use their language.