On a recent trip home from doing a project in Jamaica, we found ourselves seated behind a family that was traveling together. The kids were very good and each had something to occupy themselves with. Mostly electronics. Yet I noticed the this little girl, who I would guess was about 5 or 6 years old, only had a single coloring page from the resort they likely came from. Needless to say that when you have to fill time on a three and a half hour flight home, a lone activity page is not going to cut it. I noticed how to she colored the simple image of Elmo rather quickly and was soon looking around for something else to do. Her brother was busy playing a video game. But at that age, being a spectator can get pretty boring after a while.
I knew I wanted to do something to contribute to her amusement. Thankfully I am always prepared with my sketchbook:) I found a mermaid drawing I started but had not yet completed. This would be perfect! I worked in a few more details to add some complexities for her to enjoy. Once the seatbelt sign was off, I stood up and tapped her mother on the shoulder and offered my drawing to her daughter. It always feels good to do something nice, especially when you have something to share.
I was deeply touched by the response from her Mom and the rest of the family members nearby! The delight that glowed on their faces was sweet. Even her brother and cousins were amazed. You could see and feel her whole body float with glee! It was so cute! I could tell she wanted to bounce up and down, but contained herself and immediately set to grabbing her coloring supplies.
She was focused in her quiet coloring. I could feel her energy still beaming over the seat. Every now and then she would peak through the gap in the airline seats at me to see what I was doing. She'd flash me a twinkling grin when our eyes made contact. Then she'd zip back around and continue working.
I am happy to say that kept her happily occupied for the rest of the flight. I was grateful she (and her Mom) allowed me to take a picture of her beautiful work. I was very impressed with her coloring! She even added elements from her own imagination to the image! I love it! Her Mom informed me that she loves art and is always drawing or coloring. Oh yes, and she loves mermaids!
My heart was even fuller than I expected it to be. To know that this simple act of kindness rippled out to her and her family is wonderful! I believe we can all do things that make such a difference to others. I encourage you to be open to these acts of kindness and carry them out. Even something seemingly small like holding a door and smiling.
Please comment below and tell your stories of kind acts you have performed or received. I would LOVE to hear them!