What One Small Kind Act Can Do!

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  This was one of my newsletters that folks said I should make into a blog post...so...here it is!  It truly shows how one small act of kindness can make a huge impact!  Warning..you might need a kleenex or two :)

 

 I have a quick story to tell and then you'll see why I told it.  Trust me..it's very emotional for me to write about.

 

 It was 1977 and I was 11 years old and seriously a good kid.  I was always busy doing odd jobs to help  pay for my school clothes and other basic necessities...but I was like most kids...I still  "wanted, wanted, wanted".

 I spent all my spare time with a paper route, babysitting, shoveling snow in the winter, mowing lawns in the summer..but my favorite thing to do was to help the old folks.   

 

One of my favorite little old ladies was Mrs. A.  She was just so grateful for anything I did.   She always wanted to give me something for any little nice thing I did.   

 

If I brought the newspaper in the house, she'd give me a nickel.  If I moved a piece of furniture across the room for her...she'd insist on giving me a nickel.  I thought that was nice..but..geez, a nickel? 

One day near Christmas time, I came home from school and was ready to deliver the newspapers.   

 

My mom told me that I didn't need to deliver Mrs. A's paper.  I said, why?!?!  She said she had passed away the night before. 

Word in the "neighborhood" was that she had been eating her dinner at the time of passing.  

 

What was her dinner?  Cat food.  Her cupboards?  More cat food!  Did she have a cat?  No!  Was she old and eccentric? No...she was POOR!  Yet, she gave me nickels and I thought "big deal"?!?!    

 

That night I buried my face in my pillow and cried.  I realized what a sacrifice of love she had made.  I was mortified to think I had thought "big deal".   

 

Each passing year brings with it greater feelings of thanks and gratitude for this beautiful expression of love and sacrifice.  Kind of like the story of the babe in the manger over 2,000 years ago.     

 

I have often reflected on this experience over the years and it is one of the reasons we give to the FoodBank as well as provide for Pediatric needs/surgeries.  Some things just stay with you for life.  

 

God bless you, Mrs. A.  Your beautiful sacrifice of love was one of the reasons we started an entire Giving Mission.  See what one kind act can do? :)

May God bless all of you!  Mrs. A was like family to me and so are you!  I send my love!
Wendy C.

"Mom of 13"  - Your Mommy Health and Happiness Practitioner!

 

 

 

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7 Comments

You are right in telling people you may need a Kleenex or two. I needed more! Amazing story, may I share it on my FB wall?

Posted by Janet Sides on January 11, 2014

You are a beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing your story with the world. I really enjoy watching you with your family and seeing how you share your heart with the world.

Posted by Lisa Saline on December 08, 2013

Dear Wendy,
What a beautiful story that was! And what a comfort you were to Mrs A! That reminded me of times when I’d come over each week to mow my parents yard…it was 6 acres but 4 acres was actually moweable. My mom would try to “find” something to “pay” me with! I’d be there most the day and have lunch with them and before I’d leave she’d find something to send with me! The lady was so grateful to you to have company from you for awhile and brighten her day! And that’s exactly what you did my lovely friend! You expressed love and she wanted to show appreciation for this! Sometimes they forgo their own needs to give that appreciation! You were her angel! God bless you for all the times you gave love and was not realized how it impacted another’s lonely life!

You are a blessing!
Love you!
Cathy Moran

Posted by Cathy Moran on December 08, 2013

Hi Wendy,
Thank you for your motivating messages. You are heaven sent.
Arthur
Raleigh, NC

Posted by Arthur on December 08, 2013

Beautiful story Wendy
but don’t tell us all your stories because then they wont be “new” to us when you bring out the book of your Memoirs!
I so look forward to that book.
God bless and hugs, Judy.

Posted by Judy Curran on December 08, 2013

Dear Wendy, thank you for sharing this very beautiful and touching story.

Posted by Barb M. on December 08, 2013

Absolutely beautiful story, Wendy! A great reminder for us all! Love, Terry

Posted by Terry on December 08, 2013

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