An elderly woman asked me to help her cross the street last night and I took it as sign that it was time for Small Acts of Kindness to end its hiatus. How often do little old ladies actually ask you to help them across the street, right?
I took a break from blogging since our wedding last November. We were blessed to have hundreds of friends and family come from all over the world (literally!) for our three-day wedding celebration (yes, you read that correctly – three days!) and needless to say we needed some time to recover, honeymoon, and move to our new home in Boston. This is not to mention the hundreds of thank you cards, which we are sure to still be writing until our one-year anniversary.
To kick off the comeback, here’s a triumvirate of stories that share a common theme of creative innovation and making my heart smile:
- By now, you’ve probably seen the video about Caine’s Arcade (if not, watch it here). This short film about a little boy who made an elaborate arcade out of cardboard not only went viral, but the filmmaker also helped get the boy a scholarship fund.
- Today, the New York Times featured inspiring coverage of an all-girls prom for Muslim students in Hamtramck, MI. There’s a beautiful story, video and slideshow about some innovative young women who found a way to honor their religion, but not miss out on the quintessential American teenage experience of prom. It’s hard not to cry along with the girl at the end of the video when she talks about how organizing the all-girls prom gave her a new sense of confidence and independence.
- And finally, dance walking! I love this video and the reporter’s cheerful, carefree attitude. My favorite quote, “You can do it anywhere!” Even if people only watch the video and don’t actually dance walk themselves, it is a wonderful way to spread some joy!