Lisa had no idea she was being so kind.
Photo via Facebook
A picture of a cake with “Happy Birthday Mandy” scribbled on it has been shared more than 146,000 times on Facebook because it’s a fantastic example of human kindness. Lisa Aldrich asked an employee at the bakery section of the Meijer Gaines Marketplace in Grand Rapids, Michigan, if she could write on a cake she purchased. “I looked her in the eye and said ‘thank you’ before I even looked at the cake,” Aldrich wrote in a Facebook post.
As Aldrich walked through the self-checkout aisle, she noticed the writing on it resembled that of a kindergartner and nervously laughed to herself. “It didn’t really matter to me that it looked so bad,” Aldrich says, “I thought people would think it was funny.” But what she didn’t realize was that her lighthearted reaction to the bakery assistant’s poor writing skills was a simple, beautiful act of kindness.
The attendant at the self-checkout aisle didn’t find the odd-looking cake very funny and called over a manager who took photos of it. According to Aldrich, “One cashier put her arm on my shoulder and said, ‘The girl who wrote that has autism. Thank you for smiling and thanking her. Even though she’s not supposed to write on cakes, you probably made her day.’” Aldrich summed up her unintentionally heartwarming experience by saying, “I guess the moral of the story is that kindness is important!”