Love from around the world
Love, kindness, honour, generosity….
As parents, these are traits, values and ways of being that we want to instill in our children. The challenge isn’t just to have our children “live” these values… but to have our kids see them expressed in others as well.
Today, in honour of Valentines Day – I asked my family to take a minute to think about acts of kindness that we’ve encountered during our travels. Here is the list that we came up with (and it is by no means exclusive):
- The cafe worker who fixed the license plate on our scooter in Thailand.
- The waiter who always made sure the kids got yogurt at breakfast in Bangkok.
- The owner of the Mushroom Restaurant in Koh Lanta who gave our kids bananas and other fruits to eat.
- The Webber family who made sure there was chocolate in the freezer for us when we got to Penang.
- A couple of truly lovely colleagues that I met in Budapest, who took me out for meals to share Hungarian food, culture and conversation with me.
- The dentist who re-filled Artie’s cavity when the filling fell out (for no charge).
- The hotel staff who went out of their way to make sure Morgan was comfortable when she got sick in Cambodia.
- The staff at Tech Dome Penang who shared their love of science with us.
- Countless Uber drivers here in Penang who have shared their love of their culture, history and island with us.
- Jason, who tried for an hour and a half on a Sunday, to help us get back into our condo when we were locked out.
- The guides at the Peranakan Mansion who shared oranges with us for Chinese New Year.
- Grandma Green – who is taking care of so many things (mail, banking, and so much more) for us in Canada so we can travel.
- The security guards who smile at us each morning and say hello.
- Grandma and Grandpa Little and Aunt Pam who are taking care of Morgan’s birds for her.
There you have it. Fourteen acts of kindness in honour of February 14th. May you and yours have a day full of blessings and love!
About the Author
Professionally, I am an e-learning instructional designer who breaks down the barriers of space and time in learning. Personally, I'm the Mom in the Little-Green Family, and co-planner in our adventures.