Kindness Popping Up Everywhere
Kindness Matters – Yesterday morning my sweetheart received a call telling him that his mom (who was in a care facility) had passed on. The day suddenly changed course. The list of what needed to occur was suddenly long and rapidly growing. I quickly took a shower to get out the door and started on the new tasks.
As I left to start driving, I called my Mom and told her what we had just learned. She talked to me the whole drive in to the dress shop. I was feeling emotional and disconnected from reality at the same time. So grateful she was available to talk with me! Kindness…
Buying a dress
I showed up at the dress shop to try to hurry and buy a burial dress for my mother-in-law and get it to the care center before the mortician arrived (who was transporting a few hours away to a mortuary). I explained the situation to the woman at the dress shop and she was so helpful and kind I was almost in tears. While at the dress shop I got a text saying that the transportation person was already at the care center but would wait for me. Kindness…
Once I arrived at the care center, I walked in and a nice man approached me. I thanked him deeply for waiting for me. He was so humble and kind, and he told me it was no problem at all that he had to wait. He gave me a few minutes to see my mother-in-law before he took her. Kindness…
Care center staff
Mom’s room needed to be cleared of any personal items so I walked down to the nurses desk to tell them that I was there and what I would be doing. A tiny, little nurse came around and gave me a hug (she was a full foot shorter than me) and told me that they would be happy to do anything — anything — to help me. She had a southern accent which reminded me of home and southern hospitality. Tears were rising once more. Kindness…
As I went through Mom’s stuff, I found notes from people that I did not know. Someone had taken the time to sit down with her and type up her life story. There was a post-it note on the life story from the person who did it but I had never heard of the name. I found stamps that people had sent to Mom so that she could do what she loved so much — write letters. There were signs on her walls and pictures colored by people other than family. I was touched by how many people reached out to help Mom and indirectly us while she was there. Kindness…
Food service person
My last stop on the way home was to get some food, as directed by my sweet Mom. I went in to the store and was not sure what to get. The lady working asked me some questions about quantity needed and such and then made a suggestion. She let me know this item was on a significant sale. And she then asked me if I needed anything else. I told her that I just needed a drink of water. She quickly said that she would get me some. She did not known what was going on in my day — beyond the fact that I probably had a bit of a glazed look on my face and was not making decisions very quickly. But her offer to get me water at no cost made one more “Kindness Deposit” which I really appreciated.
Drivers around me
By this point in the day, I am way past when I am usually taking a nap. I drove home a little slower than usual because I was tired and distracted. I don’t think I was driving crazy slow or anything but I sure did appreciate that no one honked at me.
Overall, I felt so much gratitude yesterday — on a day when tears were close to the surface — for people who are kind.
Let’s all try to be kind, we never know what just occurred in the other person’s life.
Wishing you joy, hope and peace!