Killing Unkindness With Kindness


Dianne Hoffmeyer had been up all night with her 2-year-old toddler who was teething. And after a sleepless night and early morning doctor appointment, she and her daughter trekked to Tim Horton’s in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

While she ordered doughnut holes for her daughter and much needed coffee for herself, she overheard two women behind her making snide comments about her. At one point they even called her a “whale.”

What the mean girls didn’t know–and ultimately matters little as no one deserves to be insulted–was that Dianne recently lost 177 pounds after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure while pregnant with her daughter.

So what did this exhausted mother do? She bought coffee for the women who were insulting her.

And why did she do that?

“My 2-year-old daughter is a mini-me and she mimics everything I do,” Hoffmeyer said. “I wanted to do the right thing so when she’s old enough she’ll know the right thing to do.”

Kindness in the face of unkindness. Truly awesome.

Read more of this story by Beth LeBlanc on USA Today here!

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