Archive for Friday, August 24, 2007

Acts of kindness

August 24, 2007


To the editor:

Frequently, I find myself in awe of the richness of the life I lead here in Lawrence. I find myself dazzled by the kindness of our residents. The events I experienced in just one week reaffirmed my belief that Lawrence is the BEST place to live.

On a hot afternoon, I received a call from a friend who spotted my daughter's stalled car on Sixth Street between Kentucky and Vermont. She recognized my very pregnant daughter and her son, who's almost 1 year old. I stopped to see if they needed help. Maggie and her son were fine thanks to the kindness of strangers. Apparently, one car and a camper full of free-spirited travelers had stopped to help push the car out of the road. Another woman who had stopped and volunteered to go get a couple of gallons of gas was also assisting. She not only returned with the gas but had cool drinks for both Maggie and the baby. My help was not needed thanks to the generous kindness of these strangers.

Later, that same week, I lost my Palm Pilot. I retraced my steps and could not locate it. The next day I receive a call from a gentleman who had found it. Frank Hynes, graciously delivered it to my mailbox, with the cash still in it, and declined a reward.

Again, my life was made simpler and richer from the kindness of strangers. I will be paying it forward.

Thank you, my friendly Lawrencians!

Ann Beedles,



acg 10 years, 8 months ago

I also had someone return a lost wallet to me and my best friend lost her purse in the parking lot of Hillcrest and later that night a man called her to let her know he had it. There are truly a lot of honest, good people around here.

chemegirlie 10 years, 8 months ago

Wednesday, I went to one of my classes and a girl I didn't know told me that a there was one copy of the book we need for class left in the reading room across the hall and got up to show me exactly were it was so I would have time to grab it before class. Then, when I pulled into the driveway of my boyfriend's townhouse, his neighbor had brought his trash can up from the curb to in front of his garage and was watering the bushes out by his sidewalk. I was really impressed by the kindness shown that day.

mom_of_three 10 years, 8 months ago

The wallet had over $800 in cash in it:." -Defender From Summers_eve "The only other person I've ever known to have that much cash in their wallet was a dope dealer."

Was that even a necessary comment?? And some people do cash their payroll checks from time to time.

Haiku_Cuckoo 10 years, 8 months ago

A while back, I woke up to find that somebody slashed one of my car tires. I called the police and a squad car arrived within minutes to file a report. I mentioned to the officer that I had no idea who or why anyone would do this to my car. I was worried that I was targeted. He said I shouldn't take it personally because several other people in the neighborhood also had their car tires slashed the night before. I found that to be comforting. Thank you Mr. Policeman.

imastinker 10 years, 8 months ago

summers eve - some people pay for things with cash.

lunacydetector 10 years, 8 months ago

i know someone who moved back to lawrence from new york city. the day they moved they had to leave on a business trip for 2 weeks. they jammed ALL of their belongings into their car and left it parked in a parking garage in new york city for 2 weeks. when they returned, the car was untouched. they then made the trip back to lawrence. the night they arrived in lawrence they decided to leave their belongings inside their car and unpack the next day, since it was lawrence it should be safe. they left the car in front of their new apartment. the next morning, they went to their car and found that someone had broken into it and stole everything they owned.

oh happy day.

acquarius 10 years, 8 months ago

Getting back to the topic of the article (and away from issues about who carries cash and why-Nobody's business).....I have always known that one act of kindess to someone else usually brings it back my way two fold. IHelping people is self help and the simpliest way to make us feel good when there is so much destruction and evil and the world today. Glad someone takes the time to appreciate and recognize it

Confrontation 10 years, 8 months ago

I definitely won't equate "acts of kindness" with "living in Lawrence." These acts of kindness take place all over the world. You just have to hope that it's the nice person, rather than the thief, who gets to your wallet first. For most of us, if feels great to help someone who could easily have been taken advantage of by someone else. I was lucky to be raised by a mom who showed this type of behavior. Too many kids get their lazy and criminal behaviors from horrible parents. Forced sterilization, anyone?

mom_of_three 10 years, 8 months ago

little things you do in a day can make a big difference

mom_of_three 10 years, 8 months ago

I learned the lesson a long time ago. My baby sister stopped breathing on a road trip to Dodge City, and many people helped us out that day, as the town of Bucklin took me, my sister and our horses in for the night when my parents were busy with her situation. Our family didn't ask, but the people at the small hospital made calls to help us out. It's been over 30 years ago, and I have never forgotten.

Tom Miller 10 years, 8 months ago

mom of three, that does not surprise me in the least about your encounter with Bucklin...I've been in and around that sleepy little town since 1973, and I've not been anywhere in my rather extensive travels that compares to the general benevolence I've found to be prevelant in that little town of some 700+ good a desert oasis in a world full of insensitivity...they truly care about their fellow humans, and that's so rare...and, personally being an adherent to the "butterfly effect" philosophy, yes, the little things make all the difference in the world, often times in the most delightfully unexpected to watch!

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 8 months ago

I was sitting at home one evening and heard a knock on the door. I could see a man and a woman standing there, but I asked who it was without opening the door (you never know these days) and they said, "we found your wallet". I opened the door as I suddenly remembered I hadn't lost my wallet. I was staring down the barrels of two large caliber handguns. They tied me up and threw me into the trunk of their car while they ransacked my house for 4 hours. Then they drove me into the country, stripped me naked and laughed uproariously as they drove away, spinning their tires and covering me with dust. I was picked up by the police and thrown into jail for nudity. At my trial, the judge said he simply didn't believe me. I spent 6 months in the county jail. SInce my tragedy I have turned to a life of crime. Thanks Lawrence, paying it forward.

Tony Kisner 10 years, 8 months ago

Gosh Kneejerk I have had bad days but that sounds awful.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 8 months ago

I've had worse. Sometime I'll tell you about my Boy Scout days and getting kidnapped by a grizzly bear and living as his wife for a decade.

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