A Museum, a Ticket, and a Bit of Kindness

By Cheryl Mahoney

I experienced a random act of kindness recently that I knew I’d have to come home and write about. 

This weekend, my parents came into San Francisco for a visit, and we decided to go to the Exploratorium.  While we were standing in line, a woman came up to us to tell us she had four extra tickets and would we like to have them?  She wasn’t scalping them, she didn’t ask us for money–she just somehow had extra tickets and chose to give them away to three strangers in line.


She had four tickets and there were only three of us; she gave us the lot, and asked us to give the fourth one away to someone else.  So we were able to commit our own random act of kindness, and give a ticket to another family in line.  We were the happy recipients of a stranger’s gift, and the family we gave a ticket to seemed very happy and touched too.  Such a small thing, really, but it’s in the small ways we touch each other’s lives that can make all the difference.

As we headed into the museum, I said to my mom, “I think I’m going to have to write a blog post about this…”

Feeling inspired?  Want to give a child a trip to a museum?  You can commit a random act of kindness too.


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