Just before Christmas a message popped up on Facebook from a college friend asking for my address. Knowing that Jen is a fabulous crafter/crocheter/knitter I quickly sent her my parents' address in MA. (Why MA? Because we don't have a doorman at our apartment and at the time packages were disappearing from my office mail room—you gotta feel bad for the sucker who stole my GAP shipment filled with underwear and socks for Jesse!) Now you should know that I haven't seen Jen since our days working side-by-side in the Admissions Office at Boston University, but thanks to the power of social media we reconnected and she even did a fabulous guest blog on the old WoMom.net site.
Meanwhile back home in MA, my Papa's health was rapidly declining and by the time we arrived for the holidays he was only days from passing away. So as you can imagine, I was pretty wrapped up in what was happening with him and kind of forgot about my surprise package—until I spied it in my old room late one night. And by late I mean sometime around 3AM when I was up feeding Connor a bottle… once I got him settled back down, I quietly opened the envelope and discovered something wonderful.
It was a beautiful infinity scarf made of the softest yarn and the sweetest little cup cozy, that is seriously so cute I may never use for it for fear of ruining it! I was glad I was alone because I realized I had tears rolling down my cheeks. I could never have predicted it, but I had just received the perfect gift at the perfect time—just when I needed warmth from an old friend, it was there for me.
And really that's my point, it's what I want to share with you today. You never know how much someone else in this world needs a small act of kindness. So, next time you feel compelled to give a little, don't hesitate or feel embarrassed, just follow your heart. You may not know it at the time, but that little bit of goodness can make a big difference to the person who receives it.
Thanks again Jen!
PS: Love this? Email me and you could commission her to create something fabulous for you too.