To the lady in the petrol station

This morning, we overslept a little bit. I know that sounds like a bad thing, but it wasn’t. My baby isn’t the greatest sleeper, and she’s only just started sleeping through the night. 

So this morning, when I woke up to the sound of her and her sister babbling away at 8 am, the fact we were going to be a bit late was somewhat inconsequential. They’d slept for 12 hours and more importantly, I’d slept for about 7 1/2. 

So the fact that we had a rather rushed shower and breakfast and came out of the house with Lia looking a bit of a mess, and the rather obvious matter of me not having brushed my hair wasn’t actually a bad thing.

Despite this, by the time we’d finished Lia’s baby sign class and put petrol in the car, Lia was tired and grumpy and I looked messy and knackered as usual.

So it was nice when you started chatting to me about Lia as I paid for the fuel, it was kind of you to say hello to her and ask me her age and whether she had any siblings.

Actually, it’s a rare occurrence for me to speak to anybody outside of my family so it made a refreshing change. 

I’m not sure whether you looked at us in our messy state and felt sorry for us. I’m not sure if you judged us because we were both in rather old, ragged looking clothes. Or maybe you just thought we needed cheering up. 

Whatever the reason was, you gave us a free Cadbury’s Creme egg after I’d paid for the petrol. It was a small act of kindness, but sometimes, it’s the smallest things that mean the most. 

It was an excuse to go home and sit down with a cup of coffee and share the chocolate with Lia before I got on with everything I had to do. 

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As it turned out, my day hasn’t been that great despite the lovely lie in this morning. I got to about 9 pm thinking all was going well, popped out for a run and accidentally woke Lia up when I had a shower. 

It’s now gone 11 pm and she’s still awake, it’s going to be another late and potentially sleepless night, I still haven’t finished work yet and I’m generally feeling a bit miserable. 

So the cup of coffee and a Creme egg this morning was pretty much the highlight of my day. And sharing some chocolate without Libby claiming most of it was extremely exciting for Lia. 

I’m not fond of people really, they tend to be more trouble than they’re worth. I’m certainly not a kind person. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t walk past if someone was in trouble, but I’m not one for random acts of kindness. 

But having realised how much difference a small gesture like that can make to someone’s day, perhaps I’ll try it some time. 

Thanks for the chocolate. 



  1. Amber
    January 21, 2015 / 12:21 am

    This is a lovely post – thank you for sharing! Those unexpected moments of kindness are the best.

    • monsterid January 21, 2015 / 12:25 am

      Thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. You’re right, it is so lovely when someone is kind to you for no reason.x

  2. January 21, 2015 / 12:32 am

    No, that post hasn’t made me a bit emosh – the sun is in my eyes, is all. At half past midnight…

    • monsterid January 21, 2015 / 12:41 am

      Haha sorry Jacquie, that sun can be a real sod at this time of night 😉

  3. January 21, 2015 / 11:53 am

    Random acts of kindness are the best. Nice things happening out of the blue are a true joy, and the smile lasts far longer.
    Sleep deprivation is very hard, and seemingly relentless. I can’t remember the last time I had 7 hours sleep, and you do really suffer for it. As she starts to move about and wear herself out chasing her sister you should find it so much easier, I know I always have 🙂

    • monsterid January 21, 2015 / 2:27 pm

      Thank you Jenny. She has just started to crawl so I’m hoping this is the beginning of a new, sleepier Lia 😉

  4. Karen (@karenjwhitlock)
    January 21, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    Lovely post. Sometimes little things can mean so much of have such a big effect on someone. Good luck with the sleep tonight!

    • monsterid January 21, 2015 / 2:26 pm

      Thank you Karen. You’re right, sometimes it’s the thought that counts and knowing that somebody notices you.x

  5. monsterid January 21, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    Thank you. It certainly did make my day, such a lovely thing to do for someone, chocolate always makes my day 😉

  6. January 21, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    Sorry your day didn’t end as well as it started but thank you for sharing the random act of kindness. It’s lovely when people do little things to make our days that much better. 🙂

    • monsterid January 21, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      Thank you. I agree, it’s such a nice thing to happen. It didn’t end that badly really, I’m just a miserable cow 😉

  7. January 22, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    I couldn’t say much random kindness affects me when it happens it’s the best and I try to be kind to many people. Possibly once upon a time to door mat levels but not anymore! Anyway I’m sorry you had a crappy day/night hope it’s gotten better randomly came across your blog it’s lovely xx

    • monsterid January 22, 2015 / 4:03 pm

      Thank you Hannah that’s such a lovely thing to say. I hope you get a random act of kindness coming your way soon.xx

  8. January 24, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    I hope she realises what a brilliant difference she made to your day. Love a happy story 🙂 x

    • monsterid January 24, 2015 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you Lisa. Sadly I don’t think she does realise.x

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