When random acts of kindness happen, there’s usually someone with a smartphone capturing the special moment so they can share it on social media.
But for one blind woman, the only clue that anyone was doing something nice came when she heard a lawnmower buzzing in her front yard.KSNT Source: KSNT
Now, a lawnmower going full force isn’t exactly an unfamiliar sound during springtime.
But when it’s done right under your nose by an anonymous stranger that you can’t even see, well, that’s certainly odd enough to make you think that something’s a bit off!KSNT Source: KSNT
Ann Darby’s mother, 71-year-old Rebecca Cox, has been stranded at Ann’s house in Caney, Kansas ever since the state’s stay-at-home order began.
Rebecca, who is blind, was visiting her newborn granddaughter when lockdown orders kicked in and she was forced to stay put.
Since Ann was being kept busy homeschooling her kids and raising a newborn, she just couldn’t find the time to do basic chores like trimming the grass.
Lucky for her she didn’t need to because a strange man her family had never even met was taking care of that task for her!Facebook/Ann Darby Source: Facebook/Ann Darby
Ann had originally arranged for a third party to take care of the landscaping while she and her husband were away from their home, but unfortunately, that fell through.
On Facebook , she explained:
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“Since we have a newborn, I haven’t been able to get up there to mow, as we’re trying to do our part to stay at home. And my husband is a truck driver delivering oxygen, and has been running all over and hasn’t made it up there.”
Ann and her husband, who happens to be an essential worker that drives trucks, were planning on driving three hours to Ann’s mothers’ home to do it themselves, but then Ann heard an alert on the Ring camera system.
That was when she saw an unknown man happily riding around on the grass!
She told KSNT in an interview:
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“It was a guy mowing the lawn on a zero-turn, in dark overalls and a fluorescent shirt. We assumed it was the city.”
Except, it wasn’t the city that was responsible for the act of kindness.
When Ann’s husband called the City of Topeka the next day to thank them, the City claimed it wasn’t them who did it.
Since no one recognized the stranger, Ann asked a local Topeka, Kansas Facebook group for help in identifying him.
“Took a load off my mind. Because I would’ve had to bring the kids and all that so whoever it was, thank you.”
She also wanted to let him know that she would be happy to pay him for his services if he wished to continue mowing the lawn for her elderly mother.KSNT Source: KSNT
After the message gained traction on social media, Ann and her mom were finally able to track down their mysterious lawn mowing fairy! In a Facebook update, Ann said:
“We found out who mowed her lawn. It turned out to be a neighbor a few houses down from her. Thank you so much! Even if it took 5 minutes on a zero-turn, he took the time out of his day to do it. Time can never be replaced, which makes it the most valuable gift someone can give. It comforts me to know that there are people on my mom’s block that look out for her when I’m not up there.”
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