But that fact slipped my mind today when I decided to try and do something completely random for a stranger — something that might make them smile.
I was walking around the downtown farmer’s market at lunch and spotted some bicycles locked up under some trees. Bingo. A couple of them had carrier baskets so I figured I’d write a cheery “Have a nice day” note on a Post-It and leave it in their basket.
Two things stood in my way:
1) No Post-Its.
2) Two chain smokers were chatting beside the bicycles and I didn’t want them to think I was papering the neighbourhood with “$1 off carpet cleaning” flyers.
Oh, and one more thing. Next week the G20 Summit is taking over downtown Toronto and the whole city centre has turned into a police state with cops on every corner and concrete/chain link fencing everywhere I turn.
When I remembered that, my mind started racing … what if someone thinks I’m a protester handing out protesterish notes? What if the person finding the note thinks it’s from a stalker and gets freaked out? What if I can’t stop asking, “What if?”
After a few deep breaths, I sat down on a bench and calmed myself down, then looked through my purse for some plain paper and a pen. I had enough to write two notes that said, “Happy Thursday! Have a lovely day today!” I added “Please pass it on” thinking that might help rule out the stalker option.
I looked over at the bicycles and when I saw the smokers light up … again … I decided to move on down the block. And there they were, two bicycles each with a basket — one sort of a bright blue milk carton and the other wire mesh. Perfect. I deposited my little notes (with no witnesses) and kept walking.
Not-so-random mission accomplished….
P.S. This isn’t my usual type of song, but I like it. Enjoy!