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If a pre-school kid can do it, so can you!


If a pre-school kid can do it, so can you!

Well said!!! Words of wisdom from a pre-schooler…

I had a different act of kindness in mind today, but an opportunity presented itself that I wasn’t going to let pass. I was filling up my car at the gas station this morning and a woman with young twin boys pulled up next to me. He kids were both throwing huge tantrums and she was obviously flustered. As she was fumbling with her wallet in one hand, keys in the other, and desperately trying to get her kids under control, I asked her if I could pump her gas for her. The look of relief on her face was priceless. After I was finished, she had calmed her kids down, and thanked me about 10 times for helping her. I told her to bring her boys into East West for a free lesson when they were old enough and wished her a Merry Christmas! 🙂

Here are some end of the year pictures from our Alamo, Lafayette and San Ramon Trainee Classes as well as our Junior Dragon Elite Class.

Here are some more ideas for your 4th day of Kindness! 35 Little Acts of Kindness

16 Responses

  1. Shahidi

    I bought a piece of a cheese from a lady who was trying hard to sell this award winning cheese:); however, people were just tasting the samples and wouldn’t bui. You should have seen the look on her face:) It was sweet!

  2. aimee buckley

    Here’s a little story:
    Adventure With Grandma

    I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid.
    I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big
    Sister dropped the bomb: “There is no Santa Claus,” she jeered. “Even
    Dummies †know that!”

    My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day
    Because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the
    truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when
    swallowed with one of her world-famous cinnamon buns.

    Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her
    everything. She was ready for me. “No Santa Claus!” she snorted;
    “Ridiculous! †Don’t believe it. That rumor has been going around for years,
    and it makes me mad, plain mad. Now, put on your coat, and let’s go.”

    “Go? Go where, Grandma?” I asked. I hadn’t even finished my second
    World-famous, †cinnamon bun. “Where” turned out to be Kerby’s General Store,
    The one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we
    Walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle
    In those days. “Take this money,” she said, “and buy something for someone
    Who needs †it. †I’ll wait for you in the car.” †Then she turned and walked
    Out of Kerby’s.

    I was only eight years old. I’d often gone shopping with my mother, but
    Never had I shopped for anything all by my self. The store seemed big and
    Crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a
    Few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten- dollar bill,
    Wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.

    I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids
    At school, the people who went to my church. I was just about thought out,
    When I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath †and
    Messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock’s grade-two class.
    Bobby Decker didn’t have a coat. I knew that because he never went out for
    Recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the
    Teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn’t
    Have a cough, and †he didn’t have a coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill
    With growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!

    I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm,
    And he would like that. “Is this a Christmas present for someone?” the lady
    Behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. “Yes,” I
    Replied shyly. “It’s …. For Bobby.” The nice lady smiled at me. I didn’t
    Get any change, but she put the coat in a bag and wished me a Merry

    That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat in Christmas paper and ribbons
    (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) and
    Wrote, “To Bobby, From Santa Claus” on it — Grandma said that Santa always
    Insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker’s house,
    Explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially one of Santa’s

    Grandma parked down the street from Bobby’s house, and she and I crept
    Noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a
    Nudge. “All right, Santa Claus,” she whispered, “get going.” I took a deep
    Breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step,
    Pounded his doorbell and flew back to the safety of the bushes and †Grandma.
    Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open.
    Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.

    Fifty years haven’t dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering,
    Beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker’s bushes. That night, I realized that
    Those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were:
    Ridiculous. †Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.

    I still have my Grandma’s Bible, with the tag tucked inside: $19.95. He who
    Has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.

  3. Silvermom

    A little boy, about 7, had a sweet holiday egg nog stand. My friends and I heard him trying to sell his little cups of eggnog but most people were just hurrying by, very focused on their shopping. I put money in his jar and thanked him for working so hard to make people his drink, but I didn’t take a drink since I don’t like eggnog and didn’t want him to waste it. He thanked me for the money but wasn’t as enthusiastic ad I thought he would be. I quickly realized that what was more important to him was to actually pour a drink and have someone enjoy it. So, I walked back and told him I realized I was more thirsty than I realized and could he please pour 4 cups, for me and my friends. His smile was priceless. We stood and drank the eggnog and thanked him again. The loll of pride on his face was totally worth drinking something I wasn’t fond of. Eggnog had a whole new meaning to me now.

  4. Yvonne Poon

    I paid for something for a friend a few days ago, and he was going to pay me back. He asked about it today (Thursday), and I told him not to worry about it!

  5. Jane Ellett

    I sent a long email to my best friend from high school. We only connect once or twice a year long distance but we know each other so well it’s like we see each other every day. Nice to have old friends.

  6. Alex Zipkin

    Our friends who own a restaurant in Truckee were short staffed today, so I stayed and helped out for three hours.

  7. Brian Yu

    A friend of mine wanted to learn how to solve a Rubik’s Cube, so I took a few minutes and offered to teach her how to solve it.

  8. Tina Duong

    I found out last night that my friend is in a hospital. This is probably the 100th emergency visit for her for the last three years. She used to be an amazing athlete and very active, then one day she had one surgery to correct some issue, then another to correct the previous surgery, then another, then another … She has had 20+ major surgeries in the last three years and many hospital visit. She went back in again last night. Today, I came to visit her in the hospital, just to be with her by her bed, holding her hand wishing I could transfer some of my Gi to her. She could hardly be awake, but I saw the from the corner of her eyes, the happiness, knowing that in the darkest hour, she still has someone who cares. I wish I could do a lot more for her, but the least, my positive thoughts and cares, hopefully will help healing her in some way.

  9. Harry Glazier

    Said hi to my elderly neighbor as she was walking her dog. I almost never see her with anyone else, so I could tell she was happy to have someone to talk to!

  10. Art Panella

    I delivered a Christmas card that had been mistakenly delivered to our house. Rather than putting it back in the mail box for the mail man to redeliver, I found where the house was and drove over to that house and put the Xmas card in the mail box.

  11. Art Panella

    Dec 23rd was the Xmas card delivery. Dec 24th. I let a woman go in front of me in the Safeway line. Also, when a gentleman delivered a flower arrangement to our house I gave him a bottle of our wine and wished him a Merry Christmas. I got in return a great big smile. It was worth it.
    Dec 25th. I did the dishes and pots and pans for my daughter-in-law’s Christmas brunch.