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18 January 2013 @ 10:38 am
I'm having a cranky kind of day. Tell me about something wonderful you've seen someone do for someone else recently!
I'm feeling: tiredtired
Hawk Handsawhawkhandsaw on January 18th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
My sister suddenly offered to take my 2-year old for an overnight stay at her house, that was definitely wonderful!
unintentional baitredheadedmuse on January 18th, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
school called just now to say S has a fever and needs to come home, and I couldn't go get her because M took our car to do an errand an hour away! dilletante totally came to the rescue, picking her up and bringing her home safe.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on January 18th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
A coworker brought in his girlfriend's homemade rosewater-syrup doughnuts to share, on the morning she left for Tunisia for a year. It's not exactly personally helping another human being, but the act and the story he told about it both seem sweet and vulnerable.
Will O'the Wispwotw on January 18th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
I know someone who for twelve years busted her butt year after
year to create a warm welcoming space where hundreds of people
could feel comfortable with themselves and each other, and who
radiated so much good cheer through every moment of it that many
hearts were filled with warmth that will last a lifetime. She
did the hard work invisibly and without complaint, she diligently
controlled costs, and she lifted spirits everywhere she went. What more wonderful thing could anybody think of?
pumpkin_pi on January 18th, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
This, exactly! What more wonderful thing could anybody think of!! :)
Luminous mind, bright devilprosicated on January 21st, 2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
I'm with wotw on this one.
porpurina: panda rarrbloodstones on January 18th, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
At the risk of being self aggrandizing: I didn't have time to do this before christmas, so I'm going to make cookies* on sunday and bring them in to the student care nurses at school on monday so that I can tell them I just graduated, and say thank you for taking such good care of me for the past six years. I've brought them cookies at christmas for the past couple years, and I never know what to say and I always feel painfully awkward, but I think it is so important to tell them I appreciate them.

*Really delicious chewy coconut lime sugar cookies which I made for the first time last night.
Martha42itous on January 18th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
Would you be willing to share your recipe? It sounds delightful!

Also, kudos to you for showing your appreciation for the nurses.
porpurina: sushibloodstones on January 18th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
Here's a link to the recipe.

Tangent: I got it out of The Science of Good Cooking, which I would thoroughly enjoy even if my friend wasn't on the back cover because it explains why you should do things a specific way or with a specific ingredient. It turns out most of my frustration with cooking is just not understanding why some things work and others don't.

Edited at 2013-01-18 08:30 pm (UTC)
harimad on January 18th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
After I called in sick yesterday, my co-worker called last night to see if I were feeling better.

My 6 yo daughter made me birthday gifts, all her idea and all her work: a purse from craft paper, a blanket from craft paper, a card signed by most of her classmates, a tie made from Bendaroos, a needlework. Even better, she made them a month ago, hid them successfully, and kept the secret all this time.
phoenixamber_phoenix on January 18th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
Most of the examples I can think of that I've seen in person recently involve you. Thank you.

Here's one from FB this morning that made me smile. http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Spanish+runner+Iv%C3%A1n+Fern%C3%A1ndez+Anaya+helps+opponent+Abel+Mutai/7839439/story.html
wild, predictable abandon: me_laughing_bwcontessagrrl on January 18th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
this is easy!

I just spent 5 days in the hospital during which time I had every visitor I could ever want (*excepting, of course, those of you who live too far to visit, but I mean that I was never without soothing, comforting company whenever I wanted it), including people who were EXCELLENT advocates for me when I was not up for self advocating.

In particular, though he wil deny it, sol3 is a superman. He held my hand when I (literally) cried and screamed my way through pain, quietly sat with me, fetched me everything I asked for, and often things I didn't ask for, and then was grateful to have those things, kept everyone in the communication loop, and gave me space when I needed it. He did this while also maintaining our home and, somehow, his sanity.

Edited at 2013-01-18 09:27 pm (UTC)
dreams_of_wings: pearldreams_of_wings on January 18th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
when I asked my students today, as an icebreaker, "what was the last thing that made you go "OMG, check this out!'" one of them told the story of one of her customers, at the Starbucks she works with, randomly paying for the drinks of the next two people behind him, just because.
lazyzlazyz on January 18th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
Last Friday a friend suffered a heart attack backcountry skiing in the mountains above WIlson. Those with him and everyone else who happened by dragged his sorry ass in a plastic tarp to a place he could get heli-ed to the hospital, fixed wing to a bigger hosp in Idaho, stented and home in Kelly by Monday.
Bad Rabbitzzbottom on January 18th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
Well, I am not sure it qualifies, since I didn't actually see the good thing being done, but yesterday I met a pair of women who run a non-profit group that provides equine therapy for children who are developmentally and emotionally disadvantaged. I mean, just hearing about their work made my heart swell with emotion at what wonderful things people are capable of doing for others.
lazyzlazyz on January 19th, 2013 02:28 am (UTC)
Did that help?
Mizarchivist: Avatar- Bashfulmizarchivist on January 19th, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
Registration at Arisia was amazing, a well oiled machine. Kudos to the div-head who got that sorted out.

I also managed to do something I thought rather nice- I was on my own for dinner, so was some other con-goer. I suggested we eat together and helped propel the conversation in a relatively smooth and focused-on-him kind of way. (I admit I didn't really want to talk about myself.) It was good practice with that talk to a stranger kind of talking that I flounder at.