"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Giving cuts

When I was a kid, cutting in line (aka line jumping) was a tragedy for the rest of the kids in the line. I mean, it could really ruin a kid's recess to have a kid cut in line for the slide, or swings, or a change at four-square. Today, we rose above all that.

The project:
Give cuts to a woman at the ice cream store to pick up a pre-ordered birthday cake. She seemed pretty patient, but clearly had other things to do. There were four of us, one of her, and no one else to risk offending. We waved her ahead.

2 seconds to grant the cut, 5 extra minutes of wait time in line.

Why bother?
It's Saturday, mid-afternoon. For once we have nowhere we really need to be. (Actually, LOTS of times we don't really need to be in a rush for anything, but today...absolutely nothing but a nap and playtime headed our way.)

Worth it?
The lady seemed greatly surprised by the move. Her smile was certainly a great reward.

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