The Same Experience as Everyone Else

What a difference it can make just to know that someone cares.

I read this story earlier this month on Facebook from a post made from the Kindness Factory’s page, a non-profit organization.

A man explains that he goes in to pick up his Frappuccino from his local coffee shop, but since he’s deaf, he usually has it written on his phone and just shows it to the barista so they know what he wants. He goes there just about every day, so most of the employees know his order by heart anyway.

Then one day, he showed his order like normal, and the woman named Krystal Payne handed him a note that read:

“I’ve been learning ASL just so you can have the same experience as every one else.”

Then she started using sign language with him, explaining that she had spent hours practicing it on Youtube just to be able to have a conversation with him. They only talked for about two minutes, but he said that “he had never felt “so equal in all of [his] life.”

Now if that doesn’t restore your faith in humanity, I don’t know what will.

I just love Krystal not only having the idea to do this for him, but also her determination to spend hours making sure she could actually talk with him. She absolutely didn’t have to do it, but the fact that she went out of her way to make him feel like any other customer just makes your heart melt.

You can read the full account on Facebook here. It honestly needs way more attention.

If you enjoyed this story and would like to read more positive tales that have been collated over the internet, check out the We Are the World Blogfest on Facebook. That way you can read all of the incredible acts of kindness that is just the explosion of positivity I need at the end of the month.

Turn On The Light

I know it’s been a while since I participated in the “We Are The World Blogfest”. The only excuse I have is that I’ve been working on my latest book, Broken. And prepping for all the events coming up in the next two months. You know, normal stuff. I always like to try to be part of it though because it’s a great way to remind myself that there are indeed good things going on in the world, even if it’s hard to see them.

This month I wanted to focus on a comedian known as Sammy J who made an amazing statement about a horrific tragedy. In his comedy series, Sammy J.’s Playground Politics, that is aimed at adults, he helps “children” follow the daily election campaign. He usually pokes fun at politics under the guise of running a children’s TV show. However this time, he dropped the humor.

He takes his time to answer a child’s letter in to the show. In it, the girl talks about seeing people crying on the news and not understanding why, but then her mother turned off the TV to keep her from being scared. However this only made the girl more terrified cause she didn’t know what had happened.

Sammy J tries to explain to the little girl what terrorism is and why bad people do terrible things. It’s honestly brilliant. I know this is aimed at adults and the letter from the girl may or may not be real, but he finds a great way to explain terrorism and hate crimes in such an inspiring way, that I had to share it.

When Hate Backfires

This has been such a busy month! Between festival events, line edits for Stolen, and working on the first draft of Broken, my free time has been very limited! But you know, I always enjoy coming back to take part in the
We Are The World Blogfest” at the end of the month. It’s a great way to remind myself that there are indeed good things going on in the world, even if it’s hard to see them.

We are the World: In Darkness, Be Light

You may have heard about a particularly ridiculous Twitter post that went viral this month. It was a picture of Daniel Craig wearing a chest brace to carry his baby around. It was freaking adorable, but this person decided that it was a sign of being emasculated.

Twitter exploded. But not in the way that you might expect!

Such a disgusting comment brought out some truly incredible backlash.

The comments on that post now are filled with dad’s posting pics with their own babies, many of which admitting that they miss the times when they could carry them around. It’s absolutely beautiful to go through and see all the positivity that comes through, and even several brands hopping in to thank the parents for sharing the photos.

It’s a beautiful example of how toxic masculinity is turned on its head. We live in a time when dads should be allowed to be supportive, nurturing parents without having to deal with constant vitriol. It makes me happy to see this kind of toxicity pushed down.

Seriously if you get the chance, take some time this Friday and enjoy reading through all of these brilliant comments. I promise they will renew your faith in humanity!

Unexpected Kindness

Can y’all believe that October is just around the corner? It really is my favorite time of the year, when the weather isn’t too hot down where I live. Haunted houses, spooky hay rides, hedge mazes, apple cider, candy corn, and Halloween parties! Before we dive into a month full of spooky fun, it’s time to serve up a nice slice of optimism for your Friday. I’m very happy to be part of the “We Are The World Blogfest” once again – cause the world needs to be a little bit more bright and cheery.

Imagine you’re on your morning commute, stuck in slow traffic and going around back roads on the more impoverished side of the city. The traffic light ahead seems to be running on slow motion and you’re pretty sure the driver in front of you dropped something on the floor beside her cause she keeps bending over to reach it. It’s a Wednesday and you’re tired but you’re only ten minutes away from work. You’ve got some nice tunes blaring off your phone, so that helps.

Then you turn to notice a women sitting on the side of the road. She’s camped out on top of a large drainage grate, wearing a spaghetti strap shirt and leggings. She’s homeless, you can tell from the mounds of sheets and blankets around her. You feel bad for a moment because you realize it’s like you’re watching someone in their bedroom and it feels wrong. The woman is smiling though and smoothing out the sheets she’s sitting cross-legged on, as though expecting company. That’s when you notice the police car behind her.

You inch the car forward a bit while the traffic light goes from green to red again, still glancing over to find out what’s going on. A female office gets out of the cop car, and your heart sinks for the homeless lady. You hope she isn’t about to be arrested or something. But then the officer pulls out a bag of take-out from her passenger seat and brings it over to give to the homeless lady. They’re all smiles and the officer hangs around to chat with her for a moment while she digs into the fresh, hot breakfast.

That was my commute one humid morning, and yes, I did tear up at the sight. It was one of those brief moments of kindness that just breaks your heart and stitches it together at the same time. It makes you have faith in humanity again. If an officer can take the time out of her busy morning to help a person in need, then surely we can too.

I figured this was also a good time to announce that in October, I’ll be participating in the Authors For Families auction!

“We’re a group of primarily debut novelists eager to do what we can to reunite immigrant children with their parents, and to combat inhumane family separation policies.”

I’ll be giving away a signed copy of The She-Wolf of Kanta to whoever wins the bid, and I may be tossing in some additional swag along with it.

Please share and invite anyone who you think would like to not only get a copy of my work, but would also like to donate to a very good cause!

Forgiveness and the Apocalypse

Hey it’s the last Friday of June! That means it’s time to post a little bit of optimism to close out the crazy month we’ve had. I don’t know about you guys, but I need something positive to read right now. The news has been non-stop depressing, and once again I’m happy to be part of the “We Are The World Blogfest” – cause the world needs to be a little bit more bright and cheery.

This month I’m focusing on an inspirational woman who has had a heck of a life to lead, Nadia Bolz-Weber. She’s a pastor who started her own church, the “House for all Sinners and Saints”. One third of her church is part of the LGBT community, and she also has a “Minister of Fabulousness”, Stuart, who is a drag queen. On top of how amazing this church already sounds, her church accepts everyone. She doesn’t care what happened in your past, or even whether you are a believer in faith.

She has had several videos in the Maker series focused on faith, and as someone who attended at least 3 different religious churches growing up, her take on faith is both fascinating and empowering.

 

 

Honestly listening to her talk about these things is a breath of fresh air to me. How about you? Do you connect with the messages here, or reject them?