After I graduated from Indiana University, I moved to California on a whim with a friend of mine. While living there I met my wife, so I would consider the move an unequivocal success. While out there though, there would be times that I became extremely home sick and saddened from being away from friends and family. One of the things that really calmed me down and allowed me to feel like I was home was seeing one of my favorite teams whenever they came to the Bay Area. It was my little piece of Chicago, and more often then not, it gave me the opportunity to interact with other transplants in the area. It is hard to put in to words, but the ability to break into "Bear Down, Chicago Bears" with strangers is extremely therapeutic when you are homesick. I'm not sure I would have lasted the whole 2 years there if it wasn't for seeing my teams in person every now and again.
There is a guy named Adam who works in the front office of my building. He is, honest to God, one of the nicest people that I have met. I thought that I was typically in a good mood, but he puts me to shame. Every time we have a visitor, they make a comment about how nice of a guy he is. Adam is from the Buffalo, NY area and is a huge Buffalo Sabres fan. I thought about how much seeing my hometown teams meant to me as a transplant, so I thought that for today's random act of kindness, I would get Adam tickets to the Blackhawks game tonight vs. Buffalo. The only issue: I didn't have any tickets.
When I started this, one of my goals was to inspire others to spread kindness. Well that goal really came to fruition today. A friend I've known since I was a young child, Stephanie Sims, donated her tickets to tonight's game. She was doing it because she believed in the mission to spread kindness. I couldn't be more grateful for her gesture. Because of her, hopefully Adam can feel like he is back in upstate New York for a little while.