Kindness happens among straws and napkins (Letters #11 and #12)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote the letters shown in this post. I was supposed to hide them all around Portland while I was there but only ended up hiding 2. I hid the other 2 last Friday and Saturday.

On Friday we went out to a barbecue place for dinner. It’s the type of restaurant that has red and white checkered tablecloths and a bucket full of napkins on each table. As I sat there in the middle of the long and messy process of eating ribs I looked at the bucket of napkins and thought now that would be a great place to hide a kindness letter! So when I was finished with my dinner and had wiped my hands clean I took one of the remaining letters out of my purse and hid it under the top third of the napkin stack.

The next day we met up with my in-laws at a pizza place. I was itching to get the last letter off my hands but I had to be sneaky about it because my in-laws don’t know anything about my kindness letters. Only a select few people in my personal life do. When we were almost done with our meal I offered to get soda refills for my husband and father-in-law. I had the letter as well as my cellphone in my back pocket. The soda machine was on the other side of the room. Once I refilled their drinks, I put them down on the counter and then quickly got out the letter and hid it in the straws and snapped a picture. Then I came back to our table with the drinks. They were so deep in conversation, they didn’t notice I had done anything out of the ordinary.

I’m especially excited about these two letters because they are the first ones I’ve written my blog address on! I recently decided I want to provide a way for the recipients of my letters to reach out to me. Not because I want gratitude and recognition but because I want to know who my letters are reaching and if they’re making a difference. I will let you all know if and when I hear back from anyone who has received one of my hidden letters of kindness. In the meantime, it’s time for me to start writing more letters.


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