If you are new to my blog – When my loved ones raised £500 for my husband and I to treat ourselves following my operation we made the decision to use the money to do random acts of kindness for complete strangers…
We didn’t want to profit from my diagnosis and the idea of sharing the love and kindness given to us filled me with so much more happiness than spending it on something ever could.
So since then we’ve been handing out envelopes with a £20 note inside.
So, I was meeting Ali, a fellow ovarian cancer warrior for lunch – she’s 67 and, like me, is embracing life and all that is good following her diagnosis. We met following an introduction by our Macmillan nurse. It was wonderful to chat with someone who is going through a similar journey to my own and who, like me, has the same positivity and light about life.
I’d chosen Taypark House in Dundee to meet because they do yummy gluten free food and also have gorgeous views over their gardens.
I was running late and, by the time I arrived, Ali had befriended a woman of a similar age to me and they were sitting in the bar talking about ovarian cancer awareness. Like me, Ali is all about raising awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer in the hope that an early diagnosis may save a woman’s life.
Despite them having just met, I could see the energy flowing between them and so, as Ali and I took a seat at a separate table I decided I was going to give the other lady an envelope. I explained to Ali and slipped off to hand over the envelope. As I had just ‘met’ her when she was speaking to Ali, I didn’t just leave the envelope and walk away but instead explained to her why I hand them out and where the money had come from. By the time I’d finished both her and Ali had happy tears in their eyes. I love seeing the reaction of people when I give them an envelope – it never fails to remind me that there are wonderful people in the world.
I returned to my table in the bar and thought nothing more of it as we were taken through to our table in the cafe and ordered and ate our lunch.
After a lunch filled with love and laughter, Ali and I debated over who was going to pay. My argument being that it should be me as she had sent me gorgeous flowers following my last chemo. However, in the end we both made our way to the till, still debating who would pay. Then something completely unexpected happened…
When we asked for the bill the waitress explained that there would be no charge. Shocked, we both asked why to which she replied:
We heard you handed out a random act of kindness before lunch. We want to give you a random act of kindness in return. Lunch is on us. We are just so grateful that you chose our cafe to hand out an envelope.
How amazing is that! I was completely blown away!
Both Ali and I were in tears as we hugged the waitress in thanks. Making our way back to our cars we were still buzzing as we talked about this wonderful gesture and, I guess, I got another taste of what it’s like for the people who receive my envelopes. It’s amazing!
I am so grateful to the wonderful cafe for spreading kindness. Thank you Taypark House!
I have since heard from the general manager of the cafe who let me know that the cafe did not pay for our lunch but rather the staff clubbed together with their tips to pay for our lunch! Isn’t that just utterly beautiful! I am in floods of tears! 💕 If everyone were to do a random act of kindness just think how wonderful and amazing the world would be.
Love and light, Fi xxx