A small act of kindness can go a long way.
Despite her guilty conscious, Nicole Clawson decided to treat herself with a little caffeine fix at Starbucks. But as the mom pulled up to the drive-through window to pay, an employee informed her that her coffee had already been paid for.
After a rough couple of months due to major life changes, Clawson was completely moved by one stranger’s random act of kindness. And she couldn’t rest until she let the anonymous teen know how much this gesture made her day.
After searching her neighborhood to track down who she soon would discover to be Mackenzie Mauller, Clawson left the girl a sweet thank you note opening up about some personal struggles she’s been facing. Mauller took to Twitter to remind people that “small acts can make a big difference.”
“I rarely go to Starbucks and treat myself, but the last couple of months have been a bit of struggle. My father passed away, and he was also my babysitter,” Clawson shares in her handwritten thank you note.
She continues, “This morning, my babysitter called off sick and I had to take the day off work. I decided to buy my kids breakfast and get myself coffee with total guilt because I am going to become a stay-at-home mom for a while.”
In her note, Clawson explains she wasn’t emotionally or financially ready to leave her job, and Mauller’s gesture was the perfect pick-me-up.
“I cried when I found out you were so sweet to buy me coffee,” the mom shares. “I felt it necessary for you to know what you did for me was more than just a coffee. It was something that has turned my whole day around, put tears in my eyes, a smile on my face, and I feel so grateful.”
The two found each other on Twitter and continued in a few more exchanges, where Clawson shares that the teen even offered to babysit for her.
The struggling mom used this as an opportunity to teach her kids a lesson on kindness.
“They are excited to pay it forward, and treat others with kindness and selflessness,” Clawson says on Twitter.
That’s a lesson we could all learn from.