Saturday Centus – Wk#100 – This week a 53 word prompt – 153 words – “ARK”

31 Mar

My untied shoelace changed my life. As I leaned down to re-tie it, I kicked away a few leaves. When I turned my head slightly to look where the leaves had been, I was astonished to see a rubber-banded wad of hundred dollar bills nestled in a little indentation in the muddy ground.

There was no moral dilemma. The money wasn’t mine. It had to be handed in.

A note inserted in the wad read, “This is an ARK, an Act of Random Kindness. Use it wisely.”

I’d been given permission to keep it. I counted the notes. Never before had I held so much. Since retiring, I had a comfortable income from my pension but lacked purpose. I decided what must be done.

The donation to UNICEF for the African famine led to an offer to volunteer. Tomorrow, I fly out to help the relief program. An untied shoelace changed my life.

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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in 2. Saturday Centus


18 responses to “Saturday Centus – Wk#100 – This week a 53 word prompt – 153 words – “ARK”

  1. Ross Mannell

    March 31, 2012 at 21:53

    Before anyone asks, this is a work of fiction. I am not able to volunteer for such a worthwhile cause due to other commitments but admire those who can.

  2. Liz B

    March 31, 2012 at 22:11

    I love this piece, even if it is fiction! The idea is a wonderful thought! Great take on the prompt!

    • Ross Mannell

      March 31, 2012 at 23:17

      Thanks for the comment.

      It would be remarkable to be able to help in such a way. 🙂

  3. Karen S.

    April 1, 2012 at 04:07

    So nicely done. We must keep the hand of giving to carry on…..Nice!

    • Ross Mannell

      April 1, 2012 at 18:27

      Thanks for the comment.

      With the prompt being as it is, it touched on a memory. Finding money, I don’t feel comfortable keeping it unless it’s small change. I tend to hand it in but the prompt suggested life changing so the question was how could such a find change a life. The situation in Africa is real and would be life changing if someone did as in the story.

  4. jfb57

    April 1, 2012 at 04:31

    Hi Ross!I really like this one. I follow a blogger who did a week of ARKs & had such fun! It is good to read one that ends happily all round!

    BTW – thank you for your offer to do some extra 100WC. Could you carry on with those from 25. She has not internet until the middle of April. Many thanks!

    • Ross Mannell

      April 1, 2012 at 18:30

      Thanks for the comment.

      As much of what now occupies my time involves volunteer and not for profit activities, I get the AK part but there is always room for the R when I meet new people in town for a holiday. A simple kind word or helpful information when needed goes a long way to cheering strangers.

      I’ve already noted the number sequence starting at 25 and will comment on the children’s entries as long as needed. 🙂

  5. Dreaming

    April 1, 2012 at 05:29

    Love it! Wouldn’t it be great if that really happened?

    • Ross Mannell

      April 1, 2012 at 18:32

      Thanks for the comment.

      It would be a great way to change a life if anyone were able to volunteer in such a way. 🙂

  6. anita

    April 1, 2012 at 11:03

    Awesome! Fiction or not, I loved the choice that you, the writer, made!

    • Ross Mannell

      April 1, 2012 at 18:35

      Thanks for the comment.

      The handing in of found money would be my choice if finding a large sum. Given the permission in the note, the money would go to charity. Volunteering to help UNICEF would be a wonderful choice but it’s something I am unable to do. 🙂

  7. Judee

    April 1, 2012 at 19:30

    This is such an altruistic tale. I want to believe there are those who would do this. Random Acts of Kindness should be passed on in one way or another. Your character is definitely different from mine!

    • Ross Mannell

      April 2, 2012 at 08:31

      Thanks for the comment.

      The money would be true for me as I wouldn’t feel right keeping it and being given permission to use it wisely, charity would benefit but volunteering in that way is something I can’t do. We live in hope for those who can. 🙂

  8. Viki

    April 2, 2012 at 02:29

    This was a very unique take on this. I loved the idea of the note being with the money. Great job on this centus.

    • Ross Mannell

      April 2, 2012 at 08:32

      Thanks for the comment.

      I wanted the story to take a positive step. The idea would be very life changing if we could do it.

  9. grannysueo3

    April 2, 2012 at 05:45

    Inspirational. Proves that one step in the right direction lightens the whole path.


    • Ross Mannell

      April 2, 2012 at 08:34

      Thanks for the comment.

      It’s sometimes those chance events that can make changes in our lives if we keep our minds and eyes open. 🙂

  10. Jenny Matlock

    April 17, 2012 at 00:57

    Darn, I feel all shallow now.

    I was thinking I’d buy some new underwear and stuff if I found it.


    This was great Ross. I like the direction you went with this.


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