Saturday, May 24, 2008

Zip-a-dee-do-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay...

My oh my, what a wonderful day.
Plenty of sunshine headin' my way
Zip -a-dee-do-dah, zip-a-dee-ay!

It's true.  Saturday is here and I am feeling much better about things.  It is in part due to a GREAT conversation with a good friend; taking time out to read the book, Wacky Wednesday to Matthew's preschool class on Wednesday (and making all the kids turn their shirt backwards and inside out!), and enjoying a family picnic on Tuesday evening.  None of those activities are completely out of the norm for me, so I attribute the real turnaround to randomly leaving books for customers at Starbucks (or trying to), mailing four random letters (one to a complete stranger), and today... leaving treats on the doorstep of three of my favorite Texas locals. Cassie, Toni, and Cheryl... go look on your front door step. 

Here's the one thing I haven't been able to figure out... until now.  How, with such a terrific readership can I randomly perform acts of kindness for YOU - readers who I haven't yet met, or who live out of town, or whose mailing address I do not know?  Sure, every once in a while I make a post asking someone to do something and then maybe I follow up with note asking for your address, so I can send a note saying, "thank you."  But that's not really random, because the moment I ask for your address, you know chances are something is coming your way.  So, here's what I want to do.  Read on...

(first time visitors, lurkers, frequent posters, close friends, and relatives who are out there reading).  I'm talking anyone and EVERYONE.... 
Send me a postcard with your name and mailing address.  And, if you don't want me to have your name then just send your mailing address and, should I choose to mail you something, I'll I'll come up with my own name or send it to "Anonymous."

I will gather the postcards in a box (sure to be creatively decorated) and periodically I will pull out one, so I may surprise you with a random act of kindness.  Now, to be included you MUST (even if you think I know you address) send me a postcard.  The postcard is what I will put in the box to draw from when I'm feeling like I want a pick-me-up.  No postcard, no chance you can be the random recipient.  In other words, you gotta be in it to win it!

Please, please, please don't think I'm talking to someone else.  I'm talking to YOU.  Yes, you.  I really want you to take five minutes, sometime today, to simply jot your address on a postcard and mail it to me at:

Claudia Beeny
4012 Harvestwood Court
Grapevine, Texas 76051

Don't add it to a long to-do list.  It will continue to sit at the bottom of the list and by Tuesday it will seem less important.  Then by Wednesday you'll convince yourself it's too late, and by Friday you'll think I don't want it anymore.  Don't do that to yourself or to me.  Just take a second before day's end and make it happen.  A postcard stamp is 27 cents.  If you don't have one and the post office is closed, try buying one from a machine at a post office, a grocery store, a drug store, the stationary store where you buy the postcard, or even at

Added bonus... by doing this you will also actually be conducting a random act of kindness...for me. I can't think of anything that would make me smile more than a heavy influx of MAIL over the next week!
So, here's to capping your week off with one final act of kindness.  As for me... I keeping my fingers crossed for a trip to P.F. Chang's.

Signing off until Monday...

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