Sunday, August 14, 2011

the kindness bus

The girls and I were tootling down 23rd street this afternoon in search of fabric markers when I spied a bus covered entirely in hand painted letters. Obviously I couldn't pass that up without a closer look, so I made a dramatic U-turn and went to check it out. Turned out that it wasn't just any old gussied-up bus, but the One Million Acts of Kindness bus! Bob, the founder of this amazing endeavor, is currently on a 10 year trek around the US to encourage people to practice one million acts of kindness in their lifetimes.

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We chatted with Bob and Nathan, his videographer, for a bit about how and why he got started on his mission (read more about it here) and before we parted ways he gave us a delightful children's book he wrote about this cross-country adventure he's taking with his dog, Bogart. How lucky for us that they decided to make a pit stop in little Lawrence, Kansas on their way! And equally lucky for us, he parked the bus right next to Freddy's -- so it seemed only natural to head next door and top off the afternoon with a bowl of chocolate frozen custard. (Taking kids out for ice cream counts as an act of kindness, doesn't it?)

22 comments:

~Rasz~ said...

That is SO cool!!! Thank you for sharing! I would love to meet Bob and Bogart and see this bus! What a beautiful gesture. One kind gesture can certainly cause an amazing ripple effect of kind gestures.

Andria said...

That is TOO AWESOME...love it! What a work of art that bus is, and what an amazing commitment Bob has to his cause. Very inspiring!

julie said...

Wow! That is fantastic!!!

Theresa said...

Very, very cool. Come say hi and see what my daughter is doing to spread some love :)

Gracia said...

I enjoyed reading all of the sentiments expressed ('Bogart Needs Biscuits' was a particular fave for its surreal nature), and agree with you completely, taking the kids for ice-cream counts as kind act.

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Of course ice-cream for the kids is an act of kindness.

I actually think I sometimes need to show myself as much kindness as I show others :)

Cool bus! It is so like you to find coolness everywhere :)

seb haton said...

I love this bus ! Stille it's exactly my own philosophy in life !
s├ębastien h.

rachel awes said...

aimee!!!!!!!!!!!!
i LOVE this bus!
& i think i'm going to bawl my eyes out about the down syndrome angel!!!!! loooooooove!
what an encounter you had!
wow. bob. our lives really are
what we make of them.
***kind love to you*** xox

Kim Hambric said...

How neat!! I'm so glad you shared those photos, Aimee!!

Chel said...

Okay, reading this and seeing those photos made me cry a little, because the idea that one guy feels so very very strongly about kindness maybe means there are a lot of other people who feel *something* about how important kindness is. And that means there's hope.

Michele Bergh said...

This is an incredible mission he has chosen to take. What a great example of being the change we want to see.

soulbrush said...

what a fantastic sight- wowsers I love the whole concept of it. we should have more of these around us.

Carrie said...

what a joy it would be if there was something like that here in N. Ireland - teaching people to love and end the hatred and suspicion.
I love it and Bogart is a cool name for a dog = a love it lots.
YES taking your kids out for treat is kindness! x

Marcie said...

I've never heard of this before. So inspiring..so filled with hope!!!

Rabbit Hole Report said...

I've seen the very same bus, Aimee! Right near Central Park and 77th! I like the idea of kindness making its way around the country (and world) and that we have this shared experience. And yes, I took some souvenir photos too. :)

cath c said...

now *that* is walking the talk...or rolling...

ice cream for kids definitely counts.

Shannon said...

what a perfect little story. man, you make me fall more in love with lawrence every single day. i love how you and the girls stumble across such goodness on your daily adventures!

Jane said...

OH MY GOD...I want that bus!! So cool :))

Jane said...

OH MY GOD...I want that bus!! So cool :))

AG Ambroult said...

what luck! It's fab.

Bella Sinclair said...

What an inspiration. We need more people like Bob. I've heard of him and his travels. That's awesome that you got to meet him!

Life with Kaishon said...

This is very, very exciting! What a wonderful idea!