It's been quite awhile since I experienced what happened Sunday.
When it's been so long it catches you off guard. OK, I'll explain since I can sense you are getting antsy.
My family was getting a quick bite to eat for lunch at a local sandwich shop. As we scrambled a bit to get the baby and the 3-year-old settled in their seats and our food on the table, my wife turned to me and said.
"He just paid for our lunch."
Who that "he" was I'll keep a secret but I've seen him around town and know his name. He happened to be in line in front of us at this restaurant.
I quickly moved to the door and shouted a thank you to him as he walked through the parking lot - as this truly was a random act of kindness that we hear about.
This act of generosity put my wife and I in a good mood the whole day. It wasn't just the money that we saved, but that someone who barely knew one of us, and had never met the rest of our family, could be so kind.
At first, you are so blown away by it that it kind of stuns you. He also didn't tell us that he purchased the meal for us - I don't think he wanted the attention. My wife found out from the staff member at the sandwich shop that our meal was already paid for.
So, now the plan is to pass the good measure along, but I'm not sure how it would go. I thought about buying the items for the lady in line behind me at the grocery store Sunday night, but then I thought maybe that's getting too personal. Maybe I'll go back to the same sandwich shop and do the same to an unsuspecting customer.
The key to this act will be pulling it off without seeming too creepy. I don't want a young lady to think I'm hitting on her - or anyone else for that matter - to think I have ulterior motives. Just think, if I can pull this off that one act of kindness for a family of four will now grow to even more people.
We'll see how it goes and if it's worth telling you about maybe I'll follow up with a column in the future. In the meantime, I hope this act of kindness can inspire you guys to do something too.
I wish everyone had the feeling I had as I ate that sandwich, so I'll try to set out and instill that feeling in someone else.
Just thinking about the kindness shown to us Sunday still makes me smile.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org