Lottie Kendall was one of the kindest people with purest heart on ActiveRain. Lottie called me often to check in on me. And I did the same for her. She knew I was alone, during the holidays. We never talked about problems, hearsay, other people, or politics. Conversations revolved around "I'm okay, are you okay?" Lottie shared motivational youtube channels. I knew she was battling cancer. But that is not what she wanted to talk about. Our conversations were always intellectual and positive. Lottie took many cruises with her husband, and she was always happy to share her stories. Lottie's stories exuded a zest for life. This wonderful ActiveRainer didn't believe in distance from people but to support and help one another. I am a storyteller by nature, and Lottie shared good stories about places she traveled not to boast, but to tell me more, because I asked. Vicariously we traveled to places which gave us both peace of heart. To each other, we were good listeners.
Kindness was embodied in Lottie's heart. The last entry on 1/21/21, was during the pandemic. Life was changing. I was concerned about my friend because of medical conditions and business was very busy. Lottie got tested every time before meeting with clients. Lottie really did put her client's needs first. At the end of her post, the question was posed: "What do San Franciscans do when confronted with scenes like this one?" Her answer was "We INNOVATE AND TAKE OUR IRISH COFFEE TO GO TO BE ENJOYED ELSEWHERE." Complying with the challenge and to honor Lottie, I share acts of kindness I gave to someone I did not know, one of my own acts of kindness, and an act of kindness I witnessed. 1) I saw a child holding tightly to grandfather's hand in the store. Our eyes locked and the child gave me the biggest smile. Grandfather told me it was the child's second birthday. I asked if it was okay if I bought a cookie from the Bakery for a birthday gift. Their eyes lit up and we went to the bakery section and I bought a cookie. 2) The twins across the street mowed my lawn all summer through fall for no charge because they believed God wanted them to have a servant heart. 3) I witnessed people in the booth next to mine having a jovial time. And they kept smiling at me. When I got up to ask for my bill, the waiter said, the people in the next booth paid for meal. It touched my heart!
For this holiday season, I'm challenging everyone to honor Lottie by ordering a cup of kindness and give it to a stranger or a neighbor. You never know if it is the last cup of kindness you can give on earth. I pray Lottie is up there having a cup of Irish Coffee looking down on us and wanting us all to spread acts of kindness here on earth.
Life has certainly changed in the last 11 months in San Francisco as it has almost everywhere. Ingenuity and creativity are necessary as we move forward and San Francisco is not short of those traits.
For instance, take the Buena Vista, called the BV by those who love her and her long history here, the famous home of Irish Coffee here in The City. Usually full of people, shoulder to shoulder and not a spare inch to be had.
Now, since restaurants and bars have been closed, it looks quite a bit different
So---what do San Franciscans do when confronted with scenes like this one? We INNOVATE AND TAKE OUR IRISH COFFEE TO GO TO BE ENJOYED ELSEWHERE!