blogMini dominoes in my mailbox

April 09, 2015

From NY, with love.

I am a believer that small gestures of kindness can have a big impact, especially if the timing is right. Today was just another reminder of how true that is.

Over the past week or so, it seemed like everything was going wrong. My cat was sick, I paid a bunch of money and got him back into shape, then he runs away. On top of that, I got hit with a rough illness of my own. I was having one of those frustrated-to-the-max days today. All it took was a small, thoughtful gesture from a good friend to get my spirits up.

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen this lady and we don’t communicate all that often, but she’s one of the most solid people I know. She had no idea that I was feeling bad. It was strictly coincidence that I received a package from her today.

Just seeing her name and squiggly, borderline illegible cursive in my mailbox was enough to boost my mood. The contents of the package then pulled out some laughter. It was a mini set of dominoes, and not just a random set, they were confiscated from one of her students. She was kind of my mentor as a teacher. She was strong, to-the-point, had high expectations and the kids loved her. Taking an item from a kid and mailing it to Florida was classic. When I worked with her, she had zero tolerance for students slacking or not paying attention. I could only imagine what her reaction was to a 1st grader opting to play with toys instead of working. Oh, to be a fly on the wall.

This set is now my purse pack, going with me wherever I go. One never knows when the opportunity to play will arise.


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