A single act of kindness made news around the world. Maybe it was because the moment involved country star Keith Urban. Maybe it was because people hunger for good news and proof that civility and random acts of kindness still exist among us.
Paying It Forward
Whatever the reason, million of readers and viewers have elevated the retired teacher who made it a habit to “pay it forward” at a local convenience store on a weekly basis, to celebrity status.
When Keith Urban was at the register purchasing pre-performance snacks in New Jersey, he came up short on cash. When Urban turned to his sister for a loan, a kind-hearted stranger jumped in and offered to pay.
More Than 15 Minutes Of Fame
Stranger Ruth Reed’s generosity resulted in her photo being shared internationally.
My favorite story of the day is how my 3rd grade teacher thought @KeithUrban was down on his luck and couldn’t pay for his wawa snacks so she bought them for him. What an angel. pic.twitter.com/mJccVOQWtp
— Olivia Rose Prouse (@liverdiverz) August 4, 2018
She’s enjoyed more than 15 minutes of fame.
A Song Is Born
On Mornings with Ty, Kelly and Chuck, a popular country radio station show that broadcasts from Nashville, the event even inspired as song about the notable incident.
Carly Tefft, a redheaded singer and songwriter who recently released her country single, “Better Off At A Bar,” was so inspired by the generosity and kindness of the good-hearted teacher that she penned a quick song. The tune was aptly titled “His Name Was Keith.”
As chance would have it, this multi-talented songstress says she was inspired by Urban to move to Nashville and pursue her musical passion.
Keith Urban inspired me to move to Nashville & pursue a career as a singer/songwriter. Ms. Ruth Reed inspires me to spread kindness every day, always. Grateful to be a small part in this story. @TyKellyandChuck https://t.co/VRVA35bjpg
— Carly Tefft (@CarlyTefft) August 7, 2018
The impromptu song that resulted from this chain of events has become a social media favorite.
Wouldn’t it be great to celebrate random acts of kindness on a daily basis?
What do you think? Take a few minutes and listen to Carly’s take on what transpired. You’ll be glad you did.