Random Acts of Kindness.
There's nothing like it. Have you ever experienced a random act of kindness? Have you been the recipient of a random act. I was today. On the boat of all places.
For those of you who follow this humble little blog you know that our tug tows an oil barge. On that oil barge are 3 "tanker man." They live on the barge for the same 3 weeks we live on the tug. We interact with them frequently. One of those tanker man is named Stan. Let me just say this, Stan is ONE BIG DUDE. If he chose to, he could actually break me in two. In fact, recently when we were getting off the boat to go home last hitch, we had to take a launch to get to shore. We were anchored, and this smller boat pulls up alongside our tug and we are to jump from our tug to this launch boat. There was a bit of a swell so the little boat was moving around up and down, as we each timed our jump onto the launch.
I was one of the last guys to get off the tug. Stan was already on the launch. As I prepared to jump, Stan just reached over, grabbed me by my life vest, and lifted me from the tug to the launch with the ease of a mother picking up her 2 year old. He picked me up, held me in the air and then turned around and gently set me down. I thought I was participating in a pairs ice dancing competition.
We would have scored a 10.
Anyway, back to the random act of kindness thing.
I always have my camera with me on the boat, and I often take pictures of the guys working and then send the photos to them via email. Stan is one of the guys I send photos to.
When I came on the boat last wednesday, Stan told me he had something for me. The next day he gave me this.
Just a random act of kindness from Stan for no apparent reason.
Have you performed a random act of kindness lately?