Thursday, June 3, 2010

show us your random acts of kindness

Since Brian and I just moved, we've received some thoughtful cards and acts of kindness as housewarming gifts. My favorite gift, probably one of the best in my life, was something we received recently from my friend Lisa. She came over for a play date and brought a housewarming gift.

She started by saying (and the girl should be a public speaker because she knows how to work it and she's so sincere and honest), "now this is a tradition I want to share with you for your new home." She held out a basket filled with three things: salt, bread, and a bottle of wine. She went on to quote It's a Wonderful Life saying,

"Bread-that this house may never know hunger.
Salt-That life may always have flavor.
Wine-that joy and prosperity may reign forever."

George and Mary say this in the movie when they help the immigrant family, the Martinis, move into their home. How sweet is that? This is such a simple gesture, but means so much. That was truly one of my favorite gifts of all time. If you know someone who just made a move into the neighborhood, this would be such a thoughtful gesture. Perhaps they don't drink wine? I think sparkling cider would work well too and you can just call it wine. If you're not one for speeches, print this little message on a card. So sweet.

My parents recently found and returned a dog that had been missing for 2 weeks. It showed up at their house, took off, and then my parents drove around looking for it because they had a hunch it was in trouble. When they called the owner, she couldn't believe it. How neat is that!?

Do you have any random acts of kindness that you'd like to share? Maybe something you saw happen or something someone did for you? I love these stories-they're the news we need to hear.


  1. Hi Kristy!!!
    This is your Aunt Diane. I just got back from visiting your grandparents in TX. Grandma showed me your blog post and I think it's a great thing you're doing. Harper is adorable! I want to reach through the screen and scoop her up!
    Thanks for all the work you did at Grandma & grandpa's place - they really appreciate it, and it looks really good!
    I'll be in touch!
    Aunt Diane

  2. This is such a great idea! I am going to remember this! :)

  3. Visiting from Kelly's Korner...What a great idea! I'm definitely going to remember this. It's such a beautiful gesture and I'm always at a loss when it comes to giving these types of gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  4. That is an awesome gift!!!! There is a house on the market down the street...I can't wait until someone moves in! LOL :)

  5. I always do the 'It's a Wonderful Life' gift! Yay for someone else doing it :).


  6. What a terrific list!

    I especially love that housewarming gift!

  7. What a wonderful idea...Trying to catch up some blog reading...and love these random of my favorite things to do....
    Love your blog..
    Hope you will stop by for a visit. I have a guest post from my son this weekend...