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Burst of Kindness

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May 25, 2008

On a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, a woman and her young son were behind me in line with a full cart of food and at least four or five bouquets of flowers. She saw me looking and explained she was having company over. I remarked how lovely it was going to be to have all those flowers around. I left the store and began loading my groceries when her son came running up with a bunch of tulips. “Here. Happy Day,” he said. From the doorway of the store his mom looked on, smiling.

Laya Steinberg, Newton

Lovin’ It

My husband and I brought our two daughters, ages 2 and 4, to McDonald’s. While my husband was ordering, a deliveryman walked by, smiled, and said hello. When my husband returned with our food, the gentleman came back and, after noticing the kids had Happy Meals, said to my husband, “Come with me, I have a surprise for your daughters.” Puzzled and cautious, my husband

followed him to his truck – and was given one of those McDonald’s toy displays. My daughters received all the Happy Meal toys for no reason at all.

Yvonne L. Jaffe, Billerica

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