The Superheroes of Kindness were having quite a bit of fun during bike walk bus week (two superheroes rode the bus with me one day and one rode his scoot bike with me another day – all the way to school!) We decided it was definitely necessary to do a Bike Walk Bus Week Superhero mission. This fine day we were joined by Superhero supporter and friend, Ed. So excited you joined us, Ed!
For this mission, we wanted to celebrate people who biked, walked or bussed. This was a very special mission in that we were going to perform our first really random act of kindness, one in which we were not going to see the recipient and were going to leave our act of kindness out there for someone to receive. We spent Wednesday making butterflies out of some really sparkly wallpaper samples. On the butterflies we attached notes, making sure any random recipients would know what it is they were being left and why. On Friday, the Superheroes and their special guest visited Bitterroot Floral where we each picked out a single stem flower. Then we set off down Higgins to give our flowers to passer-byers.
Of course, we ran into some ‘friends’ along the way. A couple of the children saw a police officer on a motorbike. After some brief discussion distinguishing between a ‘bike’ and a ‘motorbike’, we decided to give the officer a butterfly (well, actually more like six butterflies) for helping to keep our streets safe. As a thank you, the police officer let the children take turns sitting on his motorbike.
Then of course, we ran into some folks eating on the Hip Strip. The children gave one fellow a butterfly, and he chatted the children up. He complimented the craftmanship of their work (great cutting skills) and talked capes. Definitely exciting in our book.
The random part of the mission was wonderful! The children were excited to leave butterflies for someone to find. In fact, it was quite a bit of fun trying to wrap the butterflies around bike handles, in tires, kind of anywhere on the bikes. Some of us wanted to leave the broken stems from our flowers (after all, the stems are pretty special parts of the flowers, too.) And contrary to what I had planned for, each child was able to give up their special flower to leave or give to someone they do not know. Although we frequent the flower shop, this was the first time we had to give up a single stem we had picked out and held. (We have only given them away as bunches for special occasions like birthdays, not singly and just for fun). This was also the first time we offered something special we really wanted for ourselves to help make someone else’s day. And I tell you, my spirit was very much renewed this mission. These children really showed me the importance of watering the seeds of kindness. I have not stopped smiling since. I can only imagine how a recipient of one of the flowers or butterflies must be feeling right now.
Thank you Superheroes for helping celebrate alternative transportation, and for refreshing your teacher’s spirit!