The Kindness of Strangers

Sophie's hoard.

Sophie’s hoard.

When we were at the Archaeology Fair at the Museum of Science on Friday the kids got goody bags from the Archaeological Institute of America. They had some magazines, brochures, stickers, a button– nothing all that exciting for little kids, but they loved just getting a bag. Even Anthony grabbed one. I’ve learned my lesson about assuming he won’t notice when he’s been left out. He’s keenly aware when the big kids get special treatment.

Anyhow, Sophie lost her bag somehow right before we left and when we went back to the table to ask if they had another one they were already wrapping up for the day and had sent the remaining bags and materials to overnight storage. But the very kind lady took our address and promised to send Sophie a bag in the mail.

It came yesterday. With lots and lots of swag, so much more than had been in the original bag: five tootsie-pops, a bunch of buttons, stickers, stickers, and more stickers, postcards, brochures, copies of Dig magazine, magnets, a flashlight, and a handwritten letter addressed to Sophie.

Sophie enjoys her lollipop

Sophie enjoys her lollipop

Happy Sophie.

Happy Sophie.

Sophie with her flashlight.

Sophie with her flashlight.

Sophie shows off her treasures.

Sophie shows off her treasures.

Bella with lollipop.

Bella with lollipop.

And that led us to another educational moment when Sophie asked, “How do they make lollipops?”

Win. Win. Win. Win. Win.

One Response to The Kindness of Strangers

  1. Mary October 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Now THAT is a great story. This lady was not only kind, but very smart — she clearly knows what kind of favorable impression her kindness and follow-through can make on a little girl and her family. Thanks for sharing!

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