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Slice of Life: Random Acts of Foodness #SOL19 #TWTBlog

Do you like onion rings?

No, but I did hear you ask the waiter for a salad.

I know but I don’t want to be a bother.

Enter stranger on the other side.

Do you like french fries?  I will swap you for french fries?

I have my earbuds in.  I often have earbuds in without music.  It just sends the signal I am not available to talk.  I do this because honestly, I am always available to talk.  I need to set boundaries for myself if I want to get any work done, but I still like to hear what is going on around me.  I love people.

No.  I wanted a salad.  I don’t want fried food.

I look at my untouched salad.  I do like onion rings.  I lean over.

Do you want to swap with me?



We exchange plates.  Earbuds come out.  The four of us spend the next hour deep in conversation. 

I was struck by the first person’s offer.  So much in social media and the news makes our world out to be a disconnected and unconcerned for the wellbeing of others.  This small snippet gives me hope.  Strangers offering to swap food … what more can you ask for. 


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    Amanda Potts
    Posted at 12:14h, 12 March Reply

    My son has become engrossed with this challenge and read this with me. We are both impressed with your generosity (and the other person’s) and had a similar reaction – that this was really nice and makes the world seem a little better.

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    Karen Szymusiak
    Posted at 12:59h, 12 March Reply

    A chance encounter. This post makes me happy.

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    Lisa Keeler
    Posted at 15:19h, 12 March Reply

    I love your title! And this story didn’t unfold the way I expected at all. Fun to be surprised as a reader.

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    Diane Dougherty
    Posted at 17:07h, 12 March Reply

    Your title grabbed me. The incident, a random act, brought you an hours worth of deep conversation. “What more can you ask for?”

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    Betsy Hubbard
    Posted at 01:26h, 13 March Reply

    Ha! What a moment and a memory. Love that you were able to experience this “random act of foodness,” as you put it!

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    Mandy Robek
    Posted at 02:42h, 13 March Reply

    I was puzzled what random acts of foodness wasn’t what I expected and I don’t know if I would exchange food with a stranger – something to think about.

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    Rose Cappelli
    Posted at 02:57h, 13 March Reply

    Perfect title for a great post, Clare. A true slice that makes you pause and think.

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    Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 10:08h, 13 March Reply

    I wasn’t at all sure where you were going with this, and I loved the ending. It reminds me of your runner poem! The surprise conversations that happen when we pause or take out the earbuds.

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