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In amongst all the tales of bitterness and poo, we occasionally get fluffy stories that bring a small tear to our internet-jaded eyes.

In celebration of this, what is the nicest thing someone's done for you? Whether you thoroughly deserved it or it came out of the blue, tell us of heartwarming, selfless acts by others.

Failing that, what nice things have you done for other people, whether they liked it or not?

(, Thu 2 Oct 2008, 16:14)
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Many people have done nice things for me.
But a little girl broke me up and, at the same time, made me feel better about myself as a person.

I'm a divorcee with 2 grown-up girls, I have a great G/F with a 10 yr old daughter. She's a little ray of joy, an intelligent, caring and talented pretty little thing who doesn't deserve all she's been through. She was a miracle baby for her mother after years of trying and many heartbreaking failed pregnancies. Her father is a philandering thoughtless self-centred fuckhead with all the empathy of a rabid rottweiler. To cap all that, he's a control freak who's shacked up with a loonball violent drunk.
Over the last weeks I've been going with my G/F and her daughter to see secondary schools. Her dad is pressuring her to go to a particular school, pressure she doesn't need at the moment with the 11+ and her beloved grandfather in hospital, probably for the last time.
Anyhoo, when touring the schools I've been referred to as "Dad" by the staff many times. I gently point out (out of her earshot) to the staff that I'm not actually her dad. No biggie in this age of divorce.

A couple of nights ago I was sitting watching TV (ooh, how domestic!) with her snuggled in to my not inconsiderable shoulder when she asked "Does it bother you when people think you're my dad?"
I replied "Not at all munchkin, I'd be proud to have you as my daughter".

She thought for a bit.

"Sometimes people ask if you ARE my dad, I don't like telling them you're not, 'cos I really wish you were."

I found it hard not to cry.
I feel I wasn't the best dad I could have been to my own two daughters, too self-absorbed, too angry at the world, too tied up in my own career etc etc.
This little girl with all the world on her all-too-young shoulders made me feel I CAN be a better person.

I'm filling up.

Thanks to you Emily, I AM going to be the best dad in the world, you deserve it.
(, Tue 7 Oct 2008, 17:25, closed)
Made me fill up... at work too! (it is after 5.30)
(, Tue 7 Oct 2008, 17:32, closed)
Who are you
and what have you done with Captain Placid?

That's a lovely story.
(, Tue 7 Oct 2008, 17:51, closed)
Ya big jessie!
(, Tue 7 Oct 2008, 19:18, closed)
Well done fella!
Stand up job you're obviously doing
(, Tue 7 Oct 2008, 19:20, closed)
I also think I could have done things better but as far as I know I'm not going to be doing it again....

Well done you big old softy :-)
(, Tue 7 Oct 2008, 19:56, closed)
and *clicks*
(, Tue 7 Oct 2008, 21:29, closed)
and click. And awwwww again.
(, Tue 7 Oct 2008, 22:03, closed)
Great stuff.
As for me, when all is said and done all the approvals, achievements & accolades from friends & peers will pale in comparison to the quiet thanks & hugs from my kids.

Captain, the best bit is that your example to the rest of us gives us a goal to work towards in our relationships with our own kids. Well done.


Be it known that some day I intend to challenge for the 'best dad' title. I think there may be other contenders in the wings too.

I salute you

(, Wed 8 Oct 2008, 3:43, closed)
Soft Bastard...

It takes a big man to cry and an even bigger one to laugh at him....

(, Wed 8 Oct 2008, 8:10, closed)
You've earned it
Good on you mate. That's no random act of kindness, it's a sign that you've really made a difference to someone's life, and it doesn't get better than that, for either of you.

*fills up*
(, Wed 8 Oct 2008, 8:42, closed)
Yeah, you got me too... despite me obviously tough as nails...yeah...really...honest...just some dust in my eye...*dab* *dab*

(, Thu 9 Oct 2008, 13:47, closed)

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