Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kindness Challenge, Week 2

     Last week’s kindness challenge was all about strangers, doing little random acts of kindness for others who would have no way to know who you were, just someone who brightened their day a bit. That was pretty easy, smile, wave, give a little hello and pay for lunch for a grandma and her grand kids (this would be my best guess anyway – I just paid for the car behind me in the drive through line). This week’s challenge was all about showing kindness to your friends. It started out easy enough, early on in the week our air conditioning went out in the entire building. Monday was warm, Tuesday I left early with a heat migraine and Wednesday I just didn’t work at all. By Wednesday afternoon, the problem was remedied and we were back to the normal semi-Arctic temperatures. One of our instructors had brought up an aquarium for his office and when he came in on Tuesday is was evident that the heater for the aquarium had to be unplugged before he had boiled fish (not a great thing to have hanging out in your office, I’m sure). Well on Thursday morning I went into his office and put his mail away to be greeted with a blast of air that Mr. Freeze would be all to approving of. Those poor fish were about to go from the danger of being boiled to the danger of turning into frozen fish sticks. So, I sent him a text and asked if he would like me to plug the heater back in. I don’t like doing anything in an instructor’s office without their okay, it makes me uber nervous.

     On Friday I took the day off (yeah, I know it sounds like I never work, but I've got reduced hours for the summer so I can’t work too much) and met a friend who has been really down lately for lunch and to hang out and ended up sending him home with a kitten… not just any kitten by my Sirius. He needed a buddy and, even though I didn't want to, I really needed to re-home as many of the kittens as I could. I knew he would give Sirius a good home and I also knew that Sirius was the most loving out of all of the kittens we had.

     While I was on my way back home on Friday another friend called asking if I had or knew anyone who had a truck. After a bit of talking I realized he needed to move back to the dorms so, even though I don’t have a truck, I spent my Saturday moving stuff from several storage areas around town back into the dorms. I never realized a single college student needed so much stuff for a shared dorm room (and oh-my-goodness those rooms are so tiny!). I also never realized just how funky those dorm rooms smell. Now, maybe it’s the fact that there are a lot of baseball players all housed in tight quarters and no Momma to tell them when to take a shower or do their laundry but OH, that smell! But, now I've officially had another “college” experience – I've seen the inside of the boys (gasp) dorm and even been in a room alone with a boy (double gasp). After we had everything moved (except his fridge, there was no way that was fitting into my car) I took him out for breakfast. Because we’d been moving he had missed breakfast in the caf and he had been up since 4 am (he went to work before we moved his stuff) so I knew he had to be starving. In all I spent most of my Saturday with this kid (who is part of my theatre family, not just some random college kid) and I think it went fairly well.

I’m excited to see what this week’s kindness challenge will focus on…I just hope it doesn't involve moving anyone else again. lol

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