As I was leaving a store in Bower Shopping Centre recently, two young boys came up to me, saying Merry Christmas, and handed me a wrapped package with a note attached.
As I read the note and discovered what was going on, I went to thank them, but they were gone.
The Fletts, as the note read, decided to teach their five children how important it is to be nice to people and go that extra bit to make someone’s day.
For the past four years, they have been handing out a gift each day from Dec. 1 through 25 to a complete stranger. They hope to make that person’s day and encourage them to do the same and “pay it forward.” as they put it.
When I told my daughter, she said this is something she’d like to do. She, along with her husband, my son and their friends and family already drive around before Christmas looking at the decorated homes and yards. They then drop off an anonymous Christmas card thanking them for the time, labour and cost they put into making everyone’s holiday season more beautiful and enjoyable.
When I tell this story to anyone, they ask: “What was in the gift?. I say I don’t know. I haven’t opened it yet, it’s not Christmas.”
Every time I look at the gift I smile. It will be the first gift I open.
I won’t have to hope the Fletts will have a merry Christmas because I know they will have a great one.
I am going to save the bag with the note and put it on the tree every year so the story can be told to new friends and neighbours, etc.
If anyone would like to take a page out of the Fletts’ book, this world would be a better place.
Please try to make someone’s day a little better in your own way and all year long. Who knows? You might like it.