Thursday, April 11, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness Week #2 -- Little Caesars Harlem Shake

Random Acts of Kindness Week #2

It all started on Wednesday. That was one of the best days of my life.  Wayman Publishing was featured on many websites including CBS, ABC, and FOX News.  I just sat at my kitchen table, completely floored.  I work so hard for Wayman, hardly making anything, and suddenly it's starting to succeed!  I kept visiting the websites, speechless.
   Well, I finally decided to take a break and check the mail--guess what was in my mailbox?  Look!

After getting this, I couldn't control my excitement anymore.  I bawled, so overwhelmed with gratitude for life, for kind people--for you. I still have no idea who sent this, but it means the world to me.
    Even though it was for our clunker (that I wrote about HERE), I couldn't keep the money.  I instantly decided to pay it forward.

Recap: I've vowed to do a random act of kindness (and write about it) once a week until the end of May--when the R.A.K. Blogfest starts

Well, this is what I did today with the generous, anonymous gift.

In northern Utah there's a man who makes everyone smile.  Ray, better known as the "Little Caesars Dancing Man," works tirelessly, always happy, always kind to strangers.  
    And he's quite talented too.

He spins the sign on his foot.

He spins it on his head.

And no matter what kind of crappy mood I may be in, this stranger always makes my day better whether he's waving or smiling at me and my kids.  
    I remembered a day not too long ago, when I'd just been to get a blood sugar meter.  I was terrified after seeing the doctor, because apparently I'm a pansy.  Anyway as I drove back home, I saw the Little Caesars Dancing Man rockin' away.  The light turned red and I watched him--his exuberance for life lightened my burden.  I felt better from his random kindness.  And I realized, he's kind 24-7 even though he's out there working in the blistering sun, and that man needs to know he's appreciated.
    So today the kids and I went to where he dances.  I met Ray in person, even shook his hand and got a picture with the awesome guy!
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I told him about what an inspiration he is--how he might not know it, but he makes life better every day for people like me and my family.  I gave him the $20 from anonymous and asked him to pay it forward. After that we talked for a minute and he showed me this video that was just posted on youtube by another fan of his.

So, I had another great day, almost as great as Wednesday. I hope Ray had a great day too.

In closing, my big radio interview is Friday night (4/12)I'll be talking about infant loss, love, redemption and hope.  I'm praying that someone will hear my story and see that even if they're going through a hard time, God is still there for them.
Here's that info:
Join EC Stilson April 12th, 2013 at 8:30 PM Eastern Standard Time Zone on Triangle Variety Radio. Patrick Walter's interview will last for 1(one) hour here:


  1. Pure awesome! Glad you could brighten Ray's day as he's brightened yours.

    Triple awesome on the mentions for Wayman! Fingers crossed that the message keeps picking up momentum.

  2. You paid it forward--GOOD FOR YOU!! (And didn't it make you feel great?) Everyone should see the old Helen Hunt movie "Pay it Forward"!!

  3. Well, that made my mind up for me! My sequel will be going to Wayman Publishing. With an old soul such as yourself at the helm, I trust the company already.

  4. I love this! I actually wrote a post last week about an act of kindness done for me inspired by this, and it has drawn more comments than any other post I've ever written.

    I only post once a week, but I intend to spotlight kindness at least twice a month.

  5. That is awesome that what anonymous did, what you did and what the Ray can do, I'd be on my arse haha awesome about wayman too, going to the top.

  6. For all the horrific things going on in the world, it's the little, awesome people who are filled with love and hope that makes life beautiful. I need to check into this blogfest as Branden and I have lived a life of people blessing us like crazy! We had to live almost a whole year on monthly support from friends and family and I'm still amazed by it all!

  7. Well done, Middle Child. Well done.

    Your Mother From Another Planet

  8. hahaha that was pretty awesome!! and so nice of you to do that also!

  9. Love it. :) Believe it or not, I'm already working on my RAK post for the fest... it's developing in ways I didn't think it would. Funny how the littlest things can make the biggest differences in our days. ((HUGS))

  10. I love that someone sent you money and that you paid it forward! I have been trying to do at least one random act of kindness a week since 2013 began. It sounds like his dancing is quite uplifting. Great video! :)

    Best of luck on the interview.

  11. What a fun interview! Just heard you talk about the man with the golden touch. :) What a great laugh you have!

  12. I think all the lip-pursing people should be assigned your blog to read. I dare them not to crack a smile(or even a bit of heart). Maybe you could put a smiling advisory sticker at the top of this blog :). I read this with very appreciative eyes. ~Mary

  13. I like to surprise dog owners who have their dogs in their car with dog biscuits for the dogs. I did not realize one woman had two dogs in her car yesterday and went back and gave her two more bones. She was surprised.

  14. Giving does a body good, paying it forward makes a difference.

  15. Awesome! Sometimes it's harder to give anonymously but it is very rewarding. My husband and I try to give anonymously often and teach our kids to do the same. We believe it makes the gifts from everyone. They wonder who its from which makes it from everyone. Cool feeling. Flipsiders like to do random acts of kindness. Love to hear stories of good people.