Kindness is boring and unsexy, still I like it. It doesn't get people talking, won't sell papers, won't drive traffic to a blog, still I adore it.
I was reading a story random acts of kindness and I tried to remember if anyone had ever shown me a random act of kindness but I didn't have to think long. After Law School I spent sometime in Abuja waiting for something to happen. One day I was strolling along Wuse 2 with my friend Chinwe when this man slowed down to talk to me. He was quite elderly and I wanted to ignore him but my friend wouldn't move, so there I was greeting someone I had no desire to chat to. He asked for my number and as he was insistent on dialing the number I gave him before driving away I had to give him my real number and hurriedly shoved Chinwe so we could keep walking.
He called me later that week and the conversation was quite weird, we were from very different generations, he's very intellectual and was talking about a lot of philosophy and I just couldn't keep up. I thought that since I didn't do much to hold my own end of the conversation I wouldn't hear from him again, he kept calling. A few months later he called and I told him I was waiting for NYSC. He questioned me; did I know where I was going to serve? Where did I want to serve? etc. I told him I'd like to serve in Lagos. He called me back and told me that the 3rd in command in NYSC Abuja was very angry with me (Hia!); that service is in a two weeks and Lagos is already filled to capacity, my mates started working their posting months ago, what had I been doing? Yeah my mates did but I didn't have 75k to give anybody. So he told me that the best they could do was put me in a state closest to Lagos, that's Ogun state. I said Ok o! I didn't take anything the man said seriously. God forgive me but I wondered if he was just a senile old man. The day postings came out he coincidentally called and I told him I was going to the east, he asked for my account details and in the morning he sent me money for return tickets, and I didn't even ask. I thanked him and went to Enugu, everyone before was getting posted to some far away place or to the north. My legs were shaking, but it got to my turn and just as he had assured me, I got posted to Ogun state, 45 minutes away from Lagos!
I called him to thank him and he quickly brushed me off and asked what my plans were for after service. He asked which company I would like to work in and promised that he would put me in any company I wanted in Lagos state provided I made a 2.1 at least. Seeing as I didn't, I stalled and he noticed. That was when he told me about 'baby dolls'. Baby dolls were basically very pretty bubble-heads that were placed in companies and were paid just as well as others but had no real value to the company except to be eye-candy. So when the company had a meeting, or was trying to lure a client or get an account, they always took the baby dolls along. There they would wear very provocative yet corporate attire, smile pretty at the (prospective clients) and make them feel so good about themselves that they will eventually do the company's bidding, either that or for Marketing purposes. He asked if I wanted to be a baby doll for some multinational company. First off I didn't picture myself as baby-doll material (I imagine someone who looks like Uru Eke, Toolz or Yvonne Nelson), but besides that the fact that I didn't make a 2.1 didn't mean I was a bubble head jor!
Time for service came and he sent me money to ensure I was comfortable and also to help with my accomodation after camp. He asked me to call him towards the end of my service year so that we could start working towards getting me a good job in Lagos.
Mind you the day I met this man on the road was the first and last time I saw him. No joke. He never tried to see me or get anything from me in return, he was just kind to me.
Unfortunately we didn't stay in touch and when I called after Service like he asked me to his numbers didn't connect. And they still don't. (I hope he's ok).
Other random acts of kindness I can easily recall were those by *Matty whom I told you guys about Here
And most recently I was shown a beautiful act of kindness by blogger Myne Whitman (of Romancemeetslife )
Has anyone ever shown you a random act of kindness? Please share.
but more importantly, what random act of kindness have you shown someone, expecting and knowing you'll get nothing in return...