Simple Kindness Passed On
I am doing my best to raise my son to recognize opportunities to be kind to others. We decided that pizza might be a nice treat for the Jacksonville Police Officers, to show them that we appreciate their service and recognize how difficult their job has been, this summer more than ever.
While we were in the drive through, after ordering several pizzas, I noticed that the car in front of me (which was sporting a “thin blue line” sticker coincidentally,) had left their gas cap open. So I approached the vehicle, letting the driver know not to be startled (as I was not wearing a mask)... that I was just closing her gas cap. She thanked me and when I got back in the car I started discussing with my son that we can ALWAYS choose to do a kind thing for a stranger, and that it not only makes THEM happy, but it feels good too.
When we got to the window, the employee informed me that the driver of that car wanted to “thank me for being kind,” and PAID for those pizzas. I started tearing up as I explained to the employee WHO we were buying those pizzas for, and WHY.
It was such an incredible moment, and served as a priceless lesson for my child (and myself, if I’m honest.)
We made sure to let the officers know the kindness of the stranger in the drive thru, and we still keep our eyes peeled for that vehicle so we can properly thank her.