Kawana and Random Act of Kindness

Hello to anyone who still reads this blog. I have not abandoned you all.  I have just been really busy. I have no clue how those of you who have actual human children have time to blog? We still have a Momma dog and six puppies. I don’t know if I’m coming or going. To be honest, the time I could spend blogging has been spent ‘playing’ with puppies. They are such cute little bundles of fur who love to attack us when we go outside to see them.  It’s a wonderful way to start the morning.

Yesterday, Mr. Bernie and I went to the grocery store after work.  I really hate going to the grocery store. I truly do. I would rather call an order in and just have it delivered to the house. Mr. Bernie makes the trip even more of a joy by complaining about the prices of food these days. Telling me what the prices used to be – Like 2 or 3 years ago. Telling me how he is not going to spend $2 for one apple – or buy something else at the price they are asking – and on and on. Good times.

Right before my ears started to bleed from all his complaining, I noticed a Mom with her little girl. The only reason I noticed them was because the little girl had a whole stable of stuffed horses in the cart to play with. That amused me to no end and gave me the first smile since entering the store. The Mom picked up some weird kind of melon, it had horns or prickles, its called Kawana. She sniffed it and had her daughter sniff it and sighed. She told her daughter, “Maybe next month we can try this.”, and left the produce area. That hurt my heart as I doubt she would have money for it next month either. It was priced just a little under $5.00. I can see when you have a child how that would be an unnecessary expense and quite a luxury.

Mr. Bernie and I thought that she should have that melon, fruit, whatever the scary looking thing was. Good for her for wanting to try it. I talked to the produce man and asked him how I could buy her one and give it to her. He was game and said that I could buy it and give it to him and he would run and find her for me. How cool is that? He told me that he noticed her as well and he thinks that would be a sweet thing to surprise her. I flew up to the check out and bought this thing. Then I flew back to produce to find the produce man. He grabbed the bag and sprinted to find her before she left the store. It was like a weird fruit relay.

It was time to go wait in line with Mr. Bernie. It just so happened that the produce guy caught up with her right near us. As he was walking towards her she said, “Oh, you bought one of those fruits.” She thought he was going to have it on break or something. I didn’t hear everything he told her. I did hear something about fruit and a lady. Her eyes lit up like Christmas. She said to him, “Oh, this will really change my day!”  At that point we were done and headed to the car.

We have been blessed with many surprising Random Acts of Kindness and were happy to be able to preform one for someone else.



  1. I really admire you Bernie! Just keep up the good work and continue this good deed. Thanks for sharing this with us and I’m looking forward to read more from you.

  2. Heidi Jenkins says:

    How awesome it is to hear stories about people doing good deeds. That was very special. I am so glad you are back to the blogosphere.

  3. Christina says:

    I really love seeing people doing good deeds. This inspires me to do good too.

  4. Oh, Bernie, I am still here and I miss your daily blog posts. Oh, yes, I do.

    What you and Mr. Bernie did for this mother and her daughter is just a wonderful, wonderful thing. Thank you for reminding me to take the time to care and reach out to others, even strangers.

    • I hope to be around more often. I also hope to get caught up on some of your blogs as well. We enjoyed doing it and it really made the day that much nicer.

  5. I once offered an older lady a ride. She was stranded outside Little Caesars with two pizzas, and had locked her keys in the car. Turned out she only lived a few miles away, so I offered to take her home (where her friend would pick her up with an extra set of keys). She got into my car and as we pulled out of the parking lot said to me “You’re not a homicidal maniac, are you??” I replied “The time to ask me that was BEFORE you got in my car!” followed by my best diabolical laugh. Fortunately she had a good enough sense of humor to realize I was joking, and we giggled all the way to her house :)

  6. That sounds just like you guys. Tues When I was going to a DR apt. An older lady with a cane was hobleing down our street and asked for a ride. I thought see wanted to go the same way I was going to my apt but it turned out it was the other derection but her friend was’t home so we headed somewhere else. Then she wanted to use my phone. I finial had to say no and dropped her at the homeless shelter. She was greatful and I made my apt. just in time. I did try for a RAOK.

    • Oh, no. That could make things a bit frustrating. Its one thing to do a good deed and have it accepted, another to keep asking for good deeds. At least you tried.

  7. You’ve inspired me to look for at least one act of kindness to perform every day. It’s so simple– all it takes is awareness. Thanks for the reminder to slow down and do that.

  8. Bernie, what a kind thing to do :) I’ll bet you lifted that mother’s spirits considerably! As a mom I can tell you there is nothing more heartbreaking than not being able to buy special things for your child. I love RAOK and try to perform one myself as often as possible! Doesn’t always have to do with money….Help load someone’s groceries in their car, return a cart for them, let them get in line ahead of you….The opportunities are there if you look for them!

    • Oh, I agree. They don’t always have to do with money. I know that I always try to find at least one person a day to tell them something nice. “I like your shoes, tie, bag….etc” Its always a treat to get a smile in return. You never know who is having a crappy day and just a kind word can turn it around.

  9. You are so sweet Bernie :) Earlier this week there was a lady on the corner with a sign asking for money. I happened to have an apple with me and offered it to her. She said “Oh my gosh! I haven’t seen an apple in such a long time!” and broke out in a huge smile. I seriously take apples for granted, even though I love them. I couldn’t believe you could go for a long time without seeing one. It made me sad, but also made me appreciate what I have.

    • Julie, Awwwww I bet that made your day. Bless her heart. I bet that apple was better than money to her that day. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Thank you for making my day by sharing your joy. I love that you did it without her knowing!

    • I think because it made me feel all warm and fuzzy, I thought it would make others feel the same. I’m also getting folks to share their RAK stories as well. That is making my day.

  11. Bernie:

    I would expect nothing less from you and Mr. B….. You have always been an Act of Random Kindness kind of gal.

  12. That is so YOU! I love it!!! Thank you for doing such a wonderful thing!!! When we were growing up my mom and dad always tried to introduce us to unusual food —I remember my mom cooking artichokes one time and it was a huge treat. I think that this mom was doing the same thing for her little girl and now YOU are part of that memory!!! I love it!!! And yes–we are all still out here.

    • Do you still eat artichokes? I bet with all the traveling you have done, you have tried many unusual things. I’m glad to know you are still around. :)

  13. I love when people are so nice. THAT was so special. Thank you for doing it.

    • We were glad to do it. I just knew she wouldn’t have the money next month to get it. So why not give her a little thrill.

  14. How sweet, kind, and lovely!

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