March 22, 2011

Random Act of Kindness

This post doesn't directly relate to genealogy, but I think it does speak to the wider attitude that I've experienced throughout the genealogical community.

This afternoon I was on my way home for lunch and decided to stop at one of my favorite (tastes great, but probably isn't the best for my waist) restaurants.  I was in the drive-thru line and when I got to the window to pay, I was informed that the lady (whom I did not know) in the car ahead of me had actually paid for my lunch!  She left a card which didn't give her name, but rather a note to "pay it forward."

Wow!  How cool was that?  This small act gave me a renewed spirit for the rest of the day!  As I reflected on it this evening, I realized that this sort of random act does seem to happen all the time in the genealogical community.  I can't wait until I have a chance to pay this act, feeling, and excitement forward!

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Greta Koehl said...

What a great thing to happen! I bet you'll have fun paying it forward, too.

Heather Kuhn Roelker said...

I love it! We come across that a lot at Starbucks (we are there A LOT). It just makes your whole day! There is a website called Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness ( If you haven't heard of it, genealogists sign up to volunteer to do look-ups in their area...may be just what you are looking for!

Chris Odom said...

Greta: absolutely!

Heather: What a great website and idea! And it's funny you mention Starbucks as a cousin of mine also had a similar experience at Starbucks. Maybe genealogists just frequent the java joint!

Gale Wall said...

Wow. How awesome is that!And you're right, genealogists are some of the nicest folks you'll meet. Those that hoard and won't share are collectors and not genealogists. I mean, who does it with no intent of passing it on?!

Chris Odom said...

Very well said Gale!

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