Small Kindness

I’m on a trip doing important evaluation business.  Yesterday morning before leaving for what I knew would be a long and also enjoyable day, I left a tip for housekeeping with a note that read:

Thank you for making this a more beautiful, peaceful and comfortable place to be.

Housekeeping staff have an under appreciated and difficult job.  My sister used to be the front desk manager in a hotel and I’ve heard the stories.  I hoped a note of thanks might brighten someone’s day.

When I returned to my room, this was waiting for me:

Unexpected rose
Unexpected rose

Maybe it was “give every guest a rose day”.  I don’t know.  But I was touched and so pleasantly surprised by this small, generous gesture.

This morning when I left a tip for housekeeping I left two notes.  One said,

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds around my neck. ~Emma Goldman

and the other said:

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. ~Alphonse Karr

When I got back to my room today, I found this:

Two roses?!  Wow!
Two roses?! Wow!

Two roses in my room! Now, I am pretty sure today is not “give every guest two roses day”.  I’m going home tomorrow (weather permitting), so this little quotes and roses exchange will come to an end. It seems to me that someone, or maybe multiple someones and I have had a lovely exchange.  This is a small kindness I will not forget. In the book of things that matter in my evaluated life, this is an important impact.

Now I’m off to find parting quotes for tomorrow. Any ideas?


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