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Kindness Revolution Day 15: Barbecue for the Roofers

Kindness Revolution Day 15: Barbecue for the Roofers

My husband Curtis and I bought a new home last fall.  Well, it’s not exactly new–just new to us.  While it has gorgeous views of the Coast Mountains and Pacific Ocean, the house was entirely stuck in the 1980s.  We knew we had our work cut out for us.  So, we’ve been in the midst of a serious renovation project for months.  And, finally, the typical rainfall of winter and spring in this coastal area slowed.  It was time for a new roof.

Today, the roofers braved slippery moss-covered cedar shakes and hot sunshine to finish installing our new roof.  We decided it was a great opportunity to show our thanks for all their hard work.  We fired up the barbecue and I made some homemade iced tea.  When they were ready for their lunch break we surprised them with some fresh, homemade fare on the picnic table.  They were thrilled and so were we to see the way our home had transformed.  (I’ll be sharing some of my best ways to make your next barbecue healthier in an upcoming post).

If you’re just joining us for the Kindness Revolution, I’m doing my part (well, at least trying) to spread kindness in the world by giving 29 gifts in 29 days, inspired by the book 29 Gifts.  And, I’m asking you to join me.  If you’re just tuning in, check out the first blog in this series.

And, don’t forget to add your comments to my blog over the next few weeks because, with the help of the kind people at, I’ll be giving away more free copies of my books next Saturday!  Winners will be selected from the comments!

Check out the other articles in the Kindness Revolution Series:

Join the Kindness Revolution:  Give 29 Gifts in 29 Days

The Kindness Revolution Day 2:  Book Giveaways!

Kindness Revolution Day 3:  Mediterranean Feast

Kindness Revolution Day 4:  Foot Massage

Kindness Revolution Day 5:  I Failed Miserably Today

Kindness Revolution Day 6:  Giving Clothes to Charity

Kindness Revolution Day 7:  Advice from an African Medicine Woman

Kindness Revolution Day 8:  Music for the Soul

Kindness Revolution Day 9:  Donate to Your Local Library

Kindness Revolution Day 10:  Letter from the Prime Minister

Kindness Revolution Day 11:  Letter to a Friend

Kindness Revolution Day 12:  Sharing 29 Gifts

Kindness Revolution Day 13:  Win Free Books!

Kindness Revolution Day 14:  Chinese Secret to Reduce a Fever

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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11:51AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

Anyone else find that, the kinder you try to be, the kinder other people seem to become (for the most part)?

4:51AM PDT on Jun 18, 2010

This is a good idea even if they are not your roofers but a neighbors! My new phrase of the month is pay it forward, in any way shape or form. I got this from a local radio station as they mention this often in contests where you have to name the movie the movie lines they give you come from. You have to get all 4 to win the prize however if you know just one or two but not the others they ask that you pay it forward by helping another caller who might have the ones that you don't have.

I love this idea and have tried to adapt it into my everyday life.

2:45PM PDT on Jun 17, 2010

I love to give my nanny little treats frim work like cookies..

7:34AM PDT on Jun 16, 2010

It's curious but just yesterday we gave a pizza and a pie to Rosa (the woman that helps me with the house chores) for her to share with her husband and son. It was just a simple gesture from us but she was thrilled by it.

6:32AM PDT on Jun 16, 2010

I love the Barbecue idea. I can only imagine how amazed they were by your act of thoughtfulness.

10:27PM PDT on Jun 15, 2010

Thank you for inspiring me. I've started my kindness journey and am amazed about the reactions I am recieving :-)

10:20PM PDT on Jun 15, 2010


8:18PM PDT on Jun 15, 2010

These ideas of kindness are getting better and better and better--it just inspires me to get even more creative in my own acts of kindness. This is such a great source of joy, both for me and for the person or persons who receive my gift. On our recent trip to Washington, D.C., it seemed that people were actually outdoing each other in offering genuine little gifts of kindness--what an amazing experience, truly a blessing.

6:53PM PDT on Jun 15, 2010

Very thoughtful. Thanks, Michelle.

6:50PM PDT on Jun 15, 2010


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