Some Good Deeds

“Couples of Reddit, What’s the Most Unromantic Thing that’s Happened Between the Two of You that Actually is a Stronger Indication of Love than Others Might Think?”

1) appleappleappleman wrote this:

“During her first pregnancy, my wife vomited brown, congealed blood every night for her entire second trimester. We went to multiple doctors and took a few trips to the E.R. [Emergency Room], never got a reason why. The vomiting happened every night after midnight, sometimes continuing sporadically for eight hours. Don’t know why, but it never happened during the daytime.

“One night, she thought she was finally doing better, so she went to sleep early and seemed fine. Then suddenly around 1:00 AM, she jolted awake (which instantly woke me) and tried to run to the bathroom to puke, forgetting the puke bucket on her bedside table in her moment of panic. Unfortunately, she slipped and fell on her side (nothing hit her belly) and puked blood all over the carpet. She immediately started sobbing.

“That poor woman went through such a rough time.

“So I carefully picked her up, took her to the bathroom, held her hair back while she finished throwing up, then cleaned her face and got her some water to rinse her mouth out. I carried her to bed and then got to work cleaning up the carpet.

“We were just kids, still in college together. Those three months of misery galvanized our relationship. Nothing serious has ever come between us in the years since.”

2) KeeksTx wrote, “Nursing my late husband through squamous cell carcinoma and thyroid cancer. Diagnosed end of November, went into hospice (at home) end of February, died March 21st. I took time off work most days just to be with him and feed him and give him his meds. I had to convince him that he wouldn’t become addicted to morphine since he was actually in hospice so he finally started taking it every time I offered it. My mom (an RN and cancer research nurse for 52 years) couldn’t believe how much I stepped up and took over my husband’s care. He is the love of my life; all I could do for him was make him comfortable so that was my priority. I was going to do everything in my power to make him comfortable through the end of a f[**]king [*]ssh[*]le of a disease. He died at home, and we had been able to say ‘I love you’, ‘Thank you’, and ‘Good-bye’. I miss him every day even four years later.”

3) theamazing6 wrote this:

“I had an ingrown hair cyst surgically removed from my butt crack. My SO had to help me stuff new gauze in the 1.5 in [inch] hole in my flesh so it could heal properly. I bent over the bed while she removed the gauze used during surgery and she did her best. I ended up having to pull it out myself in the bathroom leaving blood all over the floor and myself. Even after the trauma of trying to remove the first gauze, she came back to help me get the new gauze in place after I cleaned up.

“We called it my double b[*]tthole.”

4) 1kingtorulethem wrote, “My wife passes out. A lot. It has to do with a medical condition she has, but it can happen at almost anytime. I’ve become so good at recognizing how she feels that I know when she’s going to go before she does, and I’ve gotten very good at catching her. It may look unromantic, and it can be. But her knowing I’m there, and me recognizing her signs are a big thing for us.”

5) StarbugRedDwarf wrote this:

“My husband’s family lived across the country and used to send us boxes of their almost-new, good-quality clothes that they no longer wore. The male clothes were great for hubby and sons, but the female clothes were always a bit too small as I had gained a lot of weight since they had seen me last. My husband always felt so bad for me.

“Then one time, my hubby lifted up a pair of pants out of the box and said happily, ‘These will fit you. They’re HUGE!’

“I still remember the look of horror that passed over his face once he’d realized what he’d said. But I loved the fact that he was happy for me getting a new pair of pants.”[1]

“What is the Best Random Act of Kindness You’ve Witnessed?”

1) Josh_Thompson wrote, “Well it was a rough morning I had a few years back. My little brother died after being hit by a drunk driver. I got pulled out of a meeting I was leading by my boss’s boss. He let me take the phone call in his office while he waited outside. I suppose they called my cell phone a dozen times, but I had it turned off. I didn’t cry in that office, I didn’t cry when I walked out of there leaving my brief case and cell phone. I walked to a nearby park and I cried there, I suppose I cried for a rather long time. There were a couple of homeless guys who came up and started talking to me; they felt sorry for me. We ended up drinking Heaven Hill vodka from a large plastic jug and eating canned meats with our bare hands. I slept in the park next to a water fountain that night and awoke to find one of their blankets draped over me. Thanks, guys.”

2) Ponchorello7 wrote, “Back in middle school, I saw one of the most ghetto kids round up his friends and defend a special-ed kid. I gained a lot of respect for him that day. He was still a cheap bastard who never paid me back for all the times I let him borrow money, though.”

3) [Name Deleted] wrote this:

“When I was younger, I was at a friend’s house and she and her mom were getting ready to get in the car. They had me join and said, ‘We’re going to Erin’s house.’

“The van was full of groceries. Apparently Erin’s family was having huge financial issues and could barely afford food. My friend and I ran the bags of groceries ($100 worth) to the porch, rang the doorbell, and we ran off. She still doesn’t know to this day who did that.

“My friend’s parents were some of the best examples of why you should care and give, whether the good comes back to you or not. Since then I’ve always given whatever bit I could afford to people who asked for it.

“An exception when I was living in San Francisco was when I came across a homeless guy begging for cash to get tobacco. He had these tears in his eyes like he felt like he is going to die. Of course he wouldn’t, but I guess I appreciated his honesty and something about the expression in these eyes really moved me, and I pulled out my wallet, but I had only $20 bills coming from an ATM [Automatic Teller Machine]. I was a near-broke college student, but too bad he already saw me pull my wallet out. So I handed him a $20 bill and made him promise me he’d also get something to eat.

“I walked off to a bus stop and waited with a group of people. Next thing I knew, he found me at the stop [while he was] smoking a cigarette happily, pointed and yelled, ‘I’d die in a fire for you! I would!’ Everyone at the bus stop stared at me as he walked away. I just smiled, and it totally made my day and I will never forget his face.

“And you never know what your act will lead them to do. One guy used the money to buy calling cards to call family. A nice mother went into an internet cafe with whatever cash I had to look for jobs online.

“Point is, an act of kindness toward anyone can seem like no big deal to you and cost you nearly nothing. But I believe in the effects it can have on people, that hopefully they still have faith in humanity. It’s this interaction that is more valuable than money and may save some from living in solitude, depression, crime, poverty, or addiction. Maybe that’s a big impossible dream, but if it’s no big deal to you, then why not help out a little?”

4) ChandyC wrote this:

“There was a teacher my sophomore year who I disrespected so much. I used to get baked before his class and just blow it off the entire time. I eventually got caught and got sent to an alternative school. Two days later I get a visitor. I’m sitting here thinking ‘who would want to visit a degenerate stoner?’ It was that teacher. He took time out of his lunch break to see me. It really takes a crazy guy in order to visit a kid who has disrespected him so much. Two years later, I’m his teacher aide and he is my most respected teacher.

“Edit [in response to comments by others]: It was weed, not meth.”

5) Minberg wrote this:

“About a week ago in work, a lady came up with a child in a pram, and had about €28-30 of groceries. She put her card in the machine and it was declined three times. She was flustered but she said she definitely had money in the bank. It wasn’t busy so there was no queue behind her. She asked if she could run to the ATM [Automatic Teller Machine] we had in the shop, I said, ‘Of course,’ and away she ran. She left the child in the pram beside me (no problem there, the kid was about four and she was going about 40 feet away).

“A woman who was being served at another till suddenly came over to my checkout, and stuck her own card in the machine. She insisted I charge her card for the ladies shopping, so I did. All she said was ‘we’ve all been in that spot.’ Just as the transaction finished the woman who owned the shopping came jogging back, with €30 cash in her hand, and the woman who had paid just walked out the door without a word.

“When I told the woman that someone had paid for her, she was in shock. She just stood there in awe at a stranger’s kindness. I’ve heard stories like that before but never actually witnessed it first hand. It was heartwarming.”[2]

“What’s One Selfless Act for Which You Don’t Get Enough Appreciation?”

1) gigabytestarship wrote this:

“Not me but my dad.

“He never divorced my mom because he didn’t want her to lose the benefits (insurance, etc.) She was still on his life insurance policy. In 2017, he lost his job of 20 years so she lost her insurance. She knew why so she never became upset with him. In November of the same year, he got a new job but had to wait three months for the benefits. At first he didn’t think he’d be able to pay for medical insurance for my mom. She accepted it because she knew he had a life of his own to take care of. He calls me one day and told me he was going to go ahead and purchase medical for her, too. She was disabled, on many medications and couldn’t work. She cried because she was so thankful. I always knew he was an amazing man but that just sealed it for me. They weren’t together anymore but he still loved her and cared about her enough to sacrifice some comforts to make sure she’d be ok. Unfortunately, she passed away last year, but I know and I’m sure he knows that she was grateful.

“He also helped raise two of my mom’s children from a previous marriage and he has also taken care of mentally disabled people for over 20 years. Now besides working, he lives and cares for my grandparents. He’s such an amazing person and I’m so grateful he’s my father.”

2) MobileAnimator wrote, “There are a couple of kids in my neighborhood who come over a lot and play with my kids, about 11-12 years old. They live with their grandmother because dad is in jail and mom abandoned them. One of them totes around an ipod 1 like it’s made of gold; they have nothing. My kids were going to a week-long overnight camp soon, and I could see on these boys’ faces how they would be missing my kids and I figured they had probably never done anything like that. I paid for these two boys to go to camp with my kids that week. I’m not rich by any means, but I managed to make it happen. The grandmother called me in tears and told me what a rough life they had and she didn’t have money but always tried to do right by them. I’ve never actually told anyone about this before.”

MsWhatsit83 commented, “Ten years from now you won’t give the money you spent a second thought, but those kids will still remember the awesome experience they had and what it felt like for someone to care about their happiness so much.”

3) ILikeToLieForKarma wrote, “One time, I saw a hungry old man on the street during the night. I gave him a couple hundred dollars and my gold watch. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so happy, especially after the man put his gun away.”

Note: UserName checks out.[3]

“What is the Kindest Thing a Pet has Ever Done for You?”

1) Haymouse wrote this:

“Our third toddler just barely able to walk, escaped through the front door running out with only his diaper on his narrow [*]ss. He made it to the mailbox and Gracie the Golden Retriever ran into the laundry to alert my wife.

“She was away from him only a few minutes and walked out to the front to see what was causing the dog to be so upset.

“She let the dog out and the dog bolted over to him; he was already in the neighbor’s yard. She chased him down all while he cackled and giggled and she caught him before he got to the main road.

“My wife tore her meniscus running after him and had to have surgery a week later, but the situation could have been far worse had the dog not reacted with concern.

“And yes, I installed a more child-proof latch that night. He was also ‘Mr. unlatch my 5-point harness while we drive down the road.’

“But Gracie was the best girl.”

2) campon615 wrote, “One time my dog would not come back inside from running around the yard. He was having fun running away from us as we chased him with the leash. My other dog grabbed another leash in his mouth, walked up to the misbehaving dog to play tug, and walked him straight into the house. It was amazing.”

3) Itslmntori wrote, “When I got my wisdom teeth removed, the dentist prescribed some sort of anti-anxiety medication for me to take before the removal. Despite my protests that I’ve had plenty of dental work done with no problems, and that medications hit me really hard, he said that I had to take it. That plus the pain meds hit me like a freight train. I got home afterwards and stumbled around like a drunk zombie. On one of my gauze-changes in the bathroom, I passed out and hit my head on the sink on the way down. It was around 3 am, I was too out of it to make any noise for help, and all of my family were asleep. But, out of the shadows, my mom’s dog (imagine a medium-sized black wolfhound) emerged and washed my face until I woke up enough to push her away. Calypso had heard me all the way from the other side of the house and decided to check in on me. She stayed with me as I washed my face, changed my gauze, cleaned up my mess, and crawled back to my room. I managed to pull my drugged self into my bed and she hopped in right behind me. Calypso stayed with me that whole night until my mom woke up and checked on me. She’s a great dog.”

4) followthedata wrote this:

“This past summer I had adopted my first kitten. We had all sorts of pets growing up, but she was my first on my own and she was so sweet. She ended up needing to be put down after less than three months after she developed Feline Infectious Peritonitis. It was awful, I was alone, and I didn’t want to burden my friends with something so traumatic and depressing.

“After the entire ordeal, I remember dragging myself home and just wanting to sit on my porch for a bit before going back inside to an empty home. There’s this fat black and white neighborhood cat that I had seen around since I moved in but never met. Within a minute of me sitting, he came from out of nowhere and hopped in my lap and let me pet him while I cried a bit more. Not sure if he just happened to be cruising the neighborhood for pets or if he really knew something was up, either way I really needed that in that moment.”

5) Jeheh wrote this:

“We were out walking the dogs. We live in an area out in the mountains where we can let them off leash to run around, but as we get back to the house they go back on leash so they don’t run after our neighbors’ dogs or run off after a rabbit.

“My dog Aka was on my left and we were just walking on the road and immediately went tense and crossed in front of me, stopped dead. I hadn’t been paying attention and plowed right in to him but since he is a big guy 130ish he just stopped me.

“About 7-8 feet to my right and forward was a huge rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. We had taken our dogs to classes and one is a snake-proofing class and they are trained to avoid snakes, but he stepped in front of me between the snake to stop and alert me.

“My wife and I jumped back and gave it an extra wide berth. Aka got a hamburger when we got home.”

6) somebodybannedme wrote this:

“I have pet rats and when they’re bedding down, they sometimes like to treat my hand like another rat and wash it (rats are very sociable). They check under my fingernails, gently nibble away dead skin, and tug a little on rings or hair bands thinking they might be stuck on me. If it’s a ring I wear often they don’t bother, they always know what’s new and what I’ve worn before. Same with items in my hair, glasses, etc.

“The only one who might notice what I’m wearing that day is my rats, but d[*]mn it’s adorable that they do notice.”[4]

“Bilinguals of Reddit: What’s Your ‘They Didn’t Know I Spoke Their Language’ Story?”

One reason to be kind is so you don’t embarrass yourself.

1) Itsjojosiwa wrote this:

“[…] once when I was younger I went to the park with my sister. We look very white and no one would know both of us speak Mandarin fluently unless we told them.

“Some money must’ve fallen out of my sister’s pocket and in Mandarin we hear a mother talking to her daughter and telling her not to let us know we dropped money so that they could pick it up after we left.

“Both of us turned around straight away and my sister picked up her money while both of us gave them dirty looks and we changed our conversation to Mandarin. The look of horror on both of their faces will forever be burned into my head.”

2) MerryDankmas wrote, “I was at a bar with a Russian buddy of mine. He grew up there and moved to the states when he was 12 or so. He adapted to English really well so he has no accent whatsoever. Both of the bartenders were Russian (you could tell by the accents) and were having a conversation. Friend looks to me and says ‘D[*]mn, they’re talking some mad sh[*]t right now’. I asked him about whom, and he said the other dude across the bar in the blue shirt. I asked what they were saying and he said they were just roasting him in general. I asked if they said anything about us and he said not yet but he would say something back in Russian if they did. They ended up not saying anything about us but right before we left, he said to them in Russian, ‘You should speak a bit nicer about your customers’. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone’s face turn a brighter shade of red than that.”

3) earlymusicaficionado wrote, “I was visiting South Korea with my wife, a native of that country. I’m shaped like a lumberjack, and have a big, red lumberjack beard to match. A group of Korean women in their 50s and 60s nearby were laughing and calling me a ‘bear,’ which I found hilarious. So one of the older ones says, ‘Gom’ (‘bear’) to me as she passes by, and I start laughing. She makes that face like, ‘Did he understand what just I said?’ So I raise my arms and make a playful growl at her. She is horrified and starts apologizing while her friends all cover their mouths and giggle, as Korean women customarily do. I love Korea.”[5]

[1]Source: Roivas14, “Couples of Reddit, what’s the most unromantic thing that’s happened between the two of you that actually is a stronger indication of love than others might think?” Reddit. AskReddit. 5 January 2019 <https://tinyurl.com/y9kupnk2>.

[2]Source: johnnnyk32, “What is the best random act of kindness you’ve witnessed?” Reddit. AskReddit. October 2013 <https://tinyurl.com/y87yfc5h>.

[3]Source: mastermaniac10, “What’s one selfless act for which you don’t get enough appreciation?” Reddit. AskReddit. 6 January 2019 <https://tinyurl.com/y78dezcp>.

[4]Source: DragonWizardKing, “What is the kindest thing a pet has ever done for you?” Reddit. AskReddit. 6 January 2019 <https://tinyurl.com/y8xdgfuf>.

[5]Source: SpiralArc, “Bilinguals of Reddit: what’s your ‘they didn’t know I spoke their language’ story?” Reddit. AskReddit. 6 January 2019 <https://tinyurl.com/yda9tgkw>.

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David Bruce: Charity Anecdotes

  • In August 2010, Aaron Simpson, age 18, from Oakham, England, survived a car accident that killed his girlfriend (Kelly Bulmer, age 17) and a friend (James Adamson, age 23). Paramedic Dylan Griffin, of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, gave Aaron life-saving help. To show their appreciation to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, Aaron, along with his family and friends, and Kelly’s family and friends, raised £1,600 to donate to the rescue service in Kelly’s memory. They also donated just over £1,000 to the British Heart Foundation. Aaron said, “It was really nice to meet Dylan. There are so many things I can’t remember, but my parents told me how he and the air ambulance crew helped to save my life.I realize if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here now and wanted to meet him personally to say thank you.”Aaron suffered many injuries and was in Walsgrave Hospital, in Coventry, for two weeks. Dylan said, “I called the hospital the week after the accident to find out how he was doing, but it’s great to meet him in person.” Aaron’s mother, Karen, age 41, said, “We can’t thank the air ambulance service enough for helping to save Aaron’s life.I don’t think people realize the importance of it until they or one of their loved ones needs it.”Kelly’s father, Keith, age 62, said, “As soon as we understood nothing could be done for our daughter, all our thoughts and prayers were with Aaron.We wanted to do something, in memory of Kelly, to say thank you to for saving his life.”Sophie Stevens, fund-raising manager for the air ambulance, said, “We are extremely thankful to Aaron and Kelly’s families for supporting us at this very difficult time. Air ambulance staff are very pleased to see Aaron making such a good recovery but sad they couldn’t make a difference to save the lives of Kelly and James.”
  • Richard Semmler, who teaches calculus and algebra at Northern Virginia Community College, is dedicated to giving money to charity. In 2005, he reached approximately $770,000 in the total amount of charitable donations he has made since graduating from college, and he hoped to give $1 million to charity before he retired. He is able to donate so much money to charity by living simply and working additional part-time jobs so that he can give away half or more of his income. He said, “If I didn’t do all of the things I was doing, I would probably have a new car every two years and I would have a huge house with a huge pool. But I would not do it that way. I want to do it this way.” In 2004, Mr. Semmler made $100,000 and donated $60,000 to charity. His main employer is a beneficiary of his generosity; he has donated $355,000 to fund scholarships there. Another beneficiary of his generosity is his alma mater, Plattsburgh State University of New York, to which he has donated $200,000. Other beneficiaries of his generosity include various evangelical Christian organizations. He knows where his money goes. For example, he donated $100,000 for a Habitat for Humanity house that he helped build. He said, “Most of my dollars go to very specific projects, so I know what I’m funding. I want to see my dollars at work.” By the way, his generosity started with a $25 donation to his alma mater after he graduated in 1968. He said, “That’s the snowball that started rolling. As it did, it got bigger and bigger and bigger.”
  • On 9 November 2011 Andrew Tobias attended the 5thannual Stand Up for Heroes benefit. Among many, many attractions, veteran Andrew Kinard, who is legless and a student in Harvard’s joint MBA/JD program, spoke. Another attraction was Bruce Springsteen performing with the Max Weinberg Big Band. This was followed by an auction of Mr. Springsteen’s guitar. The bidding started at $10,000 and ended at $160,000—in part because of some extra added incentives to bid, including Mr. Springsteen’s harmonica and his shirt. When the bidding ended, Mr. Springsteen went into the audience and handed over the guitar, harmonica, and shirt to the winning bidder and thanked him for his generosity to a worthy cause. Despite all the cool things that happened, however, Mr. Tobias writes that “the coolest thing ever” was when the winning bidder gave away the guitar to the legless veteran, Andrew Kinard. (Mr. Tobias’ advice to Mr. Kinard is “to sell the guitar—he must feel zero guilt over selling it—and use the proceeds to help finance his bright future.”) By the way, the winning bidder kept Mr. Springsteen’s shirt—who wouldn’t?
  • Soprano Emma Eames was often asked to sing at benefits, and occasionally she got annoyed at society ladies who expected much for charity from her but little from themselves. She once made a proposal to some such society ladies who asked her to perform free at a benefit concert: “I will, on one condition. You are all wealthy ladies, far wealthier than I. Now, my usual [fee for singing] is £300. I will contribute that by singing, on condition that each of you will sign for the same amount.” The society ladies said that they would think about it, and they did not bother her again. Music critic Henry T. Finck, a friend to Ms. Eames, wrote in My Adventures in the Golden Age of Music, his autobiography, “The charity of society women too often resembles Mark Twain’s climbing of the Swiss mountains—by proxy.” Ms. Eames was an independent spirit who was not afraid of offending people. She once said to Mr. Finck’s wife, “I love to give parties for the pleasure of leaving out certain persons who want to come.”
  • James M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, was very generous in giving to charity. He often gave away copies of his original writings to charities so that they could be auctioned off to raise money.
  • Everyone has heard of CARE packages, but what does the acronym of the charity group stand for? It stands for the Cooperative for American Relief to Everywhere.
  • “If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” — Bob Hope.
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