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A Simple Act of Kindness

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Our family went to one of our favorite restaurants the other night called Jasmine Mongolian Grill. The kids love the food, but their favorite thing about the restaurant is the large gumball machine near the front doors. It is about four feet high and has extra big gumballs that fall through a series of ramps, funnels, and wheels before coming out. As we went to pay after we had eaten the kids were going nuts with excitement waiting for their quarters. I reached into my wallet and discovered I didn’t even have a penny in change. Brett didn’t have change either, but I had a dollar so I walked over to ask him to get change for the kids. By the time I walked back to the gumball machine to give the quarters to the kids, Anna was already happily watching her gum ball make it’s way through the machine. A nice young couple with a baby was smiling as they watched them. I thanked them for giving my kids quarters and she said, “this is my favorite thing about this place too! I never come here without a pocket full of quarters”. Such a simple act of kindness really made my night and it made me decide that I need to be more watchful and aware of people around me so I can make someone happy the way they made my kids and me happy.