Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Random acts of kindness

Evening fishing
While walking around the pond yesterday at Bassett Creek Park I observed a woman fishing.  Much to her disappointment she caught a bullhead.  If you've caught a bullhead before you know they're hard to get off the hook, since they have fin barbs that sting. And this fish, like so often bullheads do, swallowed the bait.

Enter a boy who had been riding his bike around the park, and who loves to fish.  He had been observing her fishing, and offering advise on best spots to catch the big carp. This young guy then offered to unhook the slimy bullhead.  His kind offer was thankfully accepted.  

How cool is it to witness unsolicited acts of kindness!  I'm certain that both parties left that fishing experience feeling good.  The bullhead, well, maybe he didn't fair quite so well ;-(

"The best portion of a good man's life - his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.
                                                                    William Wordsworth

Have you participated in an act of kindness yet today?

Young man helping remove hook from bullhead

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