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Kindness Korner

By The Kindness Mama


Illustration by Sosanya Pok

Another two weeks have passed and still nothing has come into my inbox about any random acts of kindness. Now we are into our last few weeks of our spring 2018 semester and finals are looming around the corner for most of us students at SMCC. I too have finals and have been hard at work getting the final touches done on study guides, passing in any reports and assignments that are due and preparing to pull an all-nighter studying for my exam(s).

With finals on my mind and knowing I needed caffeine to get me through the last of my two classes for the week, I headed over to the campus center for a cup of my favorite coffee from Starbucks. Starbucks is one of the greatest additions to the campus in my time here at SMCC. As I was walking to the line, which was now growing to 10 people, I quickly glanced at my watch and was trying to gauge if I did indeed have enough time to grab a cup of my favorite joe or if I should hightail it out of there and off to my next class.

I must have had the look of a sleepwalker or the walking dead, or had desperation on my face, because the very next person in line asked me if I wanted to go before them. I couldn’t believe it. Out of total disbelief I pointed to myself and asked, “Are you talking to me?” The kind handsome gentleman nodded and responded with a smile: “Yes, I am. Don’t we have class together in five minutes?” I nodded and ever so weakly said I was sorry to all that were in line in front of me.

Now, I normally would never ever do this on a normal day, but this was not a normal day. I had just come from a group presentation that our group had nailed, which was a miracle unto itself, as I had a family emergency and was not as prepared as I should have been. I was almost late for said presentation because of the lack of parking spots available, but was able to find one with only minutes to spare, and because of my time restrictions I had been unable to grab anything for lunch, and it was now almost time for dinner. So, yes, I cut the line; after apologizing to everyone, I paid for my coffee and was in class on time with only seconds to spare.

Now I will pay this forward: I will allow someone else to cut me in line, buy a stranger, fellow student or staff personnel a cup of coffee and keep the kindness wheel rolling. Some of you may not think of this as a random act of kindness, but for me it was so much more!


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