Hey! We’re back again with another award! This time, it’s a new one- the Random Acts of Kindness Award. Sounds like fun, right? Thank you so much, Keziah E, for nominating me! Your blog is so much fun to read, and I absolutely love your writing!
Anyway, here are the rules.
- Copy and share the picture that shows the award, posted above.
- Share a paragraph of something that impacted your own life by giving or receiving kindness.
- Nominate anyone or share to your own page, if you so choose to participate. Tag or pingback to the original person who nominated you, or the original post.
- Tell who you nominated and why.
I took the liberty of changing the grammatical structure of the rules, so as to make them more understandable.
To be honest, though, it’s really hard to pinpoint a key moment of kindness in my life. There have been many, and thinking of one big, specific one is hard. As it is, I’ll tell the one that comes to mind.
It was November of 2016, and TobyMac had come to Charleston, West Virginia. My family was on furlough, and we were staying at our house in Saint Albans, West Virginia, about 15 minutes from Charleston. When TobyMac announced that he would be coming in November, my brother Noah and I grew excited. None of the artists that we liked ever came through WV- it was a small state and thus ignored (I’m looking at you, Lecrae! I’ve bought tickets to your concerts in Uganda, and you canceled! And you’ve never gone through Charleston!) So, we began saving our money, ready to buy the tickets.
Eventually, we purchased the required tickets. The night of the concert began, and we arrived with only one minor hiccup (my jeans tore straight down in the front, but that’s a story for another time). A half-hour later, we were bobbing our head to Capital Kings and Mandisa. Then, during a lull in the performance, I turned around to examine my surroundings. An older man, probably between 50 and 60 years old, was seating himself behind me, carrying three Coca-Cola’s. Now, I, being the joking Ugandan-American that I am, grinned and asked, “Hey! Where’s mine?” Now, keep in mind that I had absolutely no clue who this guy was. For all I knew, this guy could have drugged the Coke’s and was trying to enslave the minds of the youngsters around him. But, having grown up in a culture that freely shares everything (and jokes about sharing even when you know you won’t be shared with), I just went with it.
Now, this guy could have totally laughed it off, or told me to shut up and turn around (neither would have surprised me). But instead, he just smiled at me and laughed a little. I thought the joke was done, so I turned around in my seat to wait for TobyMac to come on. Then, five minutes later, I felt someone tap my shoulder. The man had gone back to the snack bar, purchased two cold Coke’s, and was holding them out to me and my brother.
By this point, you’re probably screaming “STRANGER DANGER, YOU IDIOT!” Yeah, well, I didn’t grow up in the USA. Yes, I accept Coke’s from strangers. No, there were no drugs in them. No, the guy did not ask for my email or do something creepy.
He just wanted to share. This dude, whom I had never met in my life, just decided to buy two drinks for the grinning, tan teenager a row ahead of him. Thinking back on it, I’ve realized that maybe there is some hope for America. If its people buy kids free Coke’s, then God Bless America!
Alright, that’s it. Sorry, but that was a little longer than a paragraph. I hope you enjoyed the story, and aren’t too offended by my lack of common sense. Anyway, I only want to nominate one person (I’ve nominated a lot of people recently, so I need to stop bugging them). I am honestly curious as to how she answers this nomination.
Thus, I nominate Ariana Evans, my blogging best friend. It’ll be interesting to see her do this.
Anyway, thanks for reading, guys! I hope you have a wonderful day!