Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Kindness Matters - Thank you David Kroll

We met with my childhood friend and her parents yesterday.  They want us to help them with a downsizing living estate sale.  Anyway, on the way over to her house, I was reminiscing on our childhood.  Many memories came to mind, but one stuck out, actually I've thought on it many times over my life.  Here goes...

It's 1983, our junior prom.  My friend Barb Draeger and I were the only girls in our friend group who didn't have a date for the prom.  We were on the prom committee, helped decorate and such and therefore, we were asked to serve the punch.  As I have mentioned before, I grew up in a home were we really didn't have a lot of money, however we had an abundance of LOVE.  Somehow, my mom found me this pretty white dress.  It had a square neck with a wide eyelet lace trim, empire waist and flowing tea length skirt.  She helped me curl my long hair and pull up part in a little bun.  I remember how pretty I felt.   When we arrived at the prom, the chaperoning teachers gave us very specific instructions to make sure no one "spiked" the punch.  Oh, some of the "jocks" tried, but Barb and I were very diligent.....why us?  Was it not bad enough that we didn't have dates, but then had to guard the punch?!?  I do remember that Bonnie Hellrood's dad donated a beautiful swan ice sculpture for the punch.  I never seen something like that - it was so pretty.  I think it might have been the first prom in who knows how long that the punch was NOT spiked....Barb and I have that anyway...(smile).

My friend, Ann Podolske, went to the prom with David Kroll.  David came up to me and asked me to dance.  As we danced, David said "I just didn't want you to look back at your life and say...I never danced at my junior prom."  What insight - truly.  I've shared this story with my daughters when they were teens.  They both thought how sweet it was of him to think of me.  It was.  Thank you David for that.  

You see, kindness really does matter.  Even the little things we do for others can have the greatest impact on their life.  Kindness is a choice...choose it!  

(Ann and I)  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin

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