As if the black girl magic of Shanice Williams as Dorothy in NBC’s The Wiz wasn’t enough to put us in a good mood. I woke up humming “Home.” Don’t act like I was the only one. Yeah, I didn’t think so. There are other reasons to slap on the Colgate smile. Yes, really.
Putting the San Bernardino shooting aside (don’t worry, coverage is still streaming on MSNBC, CNN, BBC…) and any other news related to terrorism, racism and other isms meant to harm others. Good things actually happened this week. Seriously.
For one, Ciara and Russell Westbrook gave us new relationship goal material. The adorable couple visited Seattle Childrens Hospital on Wednesday (Russell’s usual weekday haunt) and serenaded sweet little Louis with Feliz Navidad.
How can you not get in the holiday spirit after that.
A college student in Portland created her own unique coat drive. She bought winter coats from Goodwill (for $5) and draped them around light poles in downtown Portland with a note attached: “I am not lost. Please take me if you need me.”
Gabriella Kaper told ABC News she shared her idea about helping the homeless on social media and others have adopted it. Great timing since ABC News reports Portland is already experiencing the winter chill with below freezing temperatures. And the number of homeless average 200 a night in shelters.
Speaking of the homeless, Carmen Mendez was in a local restaurant last month when a homeless woman dropped in asking for patrons’ scraps of food. While other diners refused, Carmen not only offered her doggy bag, she also paid for the woman’s own meal.
So overcome with gratitude the woman hugged her. Carmen recalled the emotional moment on her Facebook post.
The look on her face said it all. I have never felt something like this–pure, real gratitude. That hug she gave me was like a hug I had never felt. Those tears she shed were felt deep in my heart.
Cue this heartwarming ballad and my ugly cry.