Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kindness Continued

The other night after I wrote my post I went upstairs to bed. As I passed the loft I glanced over to where the 8 loads of laundry should have been piled on the floor waiting for me to sort them. Instead I found sorted bins waiting for children to put them away. The next morning I noticed the dishes had also been done. Cami Kindness week sure is wonderful!

Wednesday evening I went to invite a neighbor to an event. Her husband had been battling cancer. As I arrived as asked how he was doing. He had passed away on Friday, she told me. Yesterday's kindness was simply sitting with my neighbor to listen about his final days and let her know I am just down the way with an ear that understands grief for the days when all the family goes away and people stop checking on you all the time.

Tonights kindness was that of good old fashion work. I stayed to help clean up after the event when I could have easily gone home. On my way out, I was talking to a friend about mothering and how stories like mine make us want to play more with our kids and enjoy them. It squeezed my heart just a little.

I thought of Harrison playing today. Noble was taking a nap. Harrison was playing with the trains. He stood up holding onto the train box and stomped his one foot over and over with a huge proud smile on his face. I had seen that before. The day Camille drowned. She did the same thing standing up on a step stool, so proud of having climbed it.

Then Harrison climbed right into the box on top of all the train tracks. This reminded me of a certain cup drawer with a little girl climbing in to play. He was so happy. I went over and took his photo and he smiled a big cheesy smile for me. He was so happy to be noticed. And I was so happy to notice him.

Tomorrow I am going to spend the day "noticing" the little joys in my home. They really are everywhere.


Angie said...

Just wanted to tell you what I did for Camille's Kindness Week today. I was outside and thinking I needed to pull all of the weeds in front of my house when I looked down at one and saw a ladybug. So what did I do? I ran in and got my 4 year old little boy and a bug container and we headed back out. We caught 8 ladybugs and one worm:) It was wonderful. Thanks for your inspiration!

Ben and Courtney Hugo said...

I have been following your blog for awhile now and I'm so inspired by it. During that time I have become a mother to a beautiful baby boy and I have so enjoyed reading your insights into motherhood and learning from your experience. To celebrate your sweet Camille's birthday I tried to reach out to a family in our ward that recently suffered from a devastating blow- I babysat their kids for a few hours, took them homemade bread, offered a shoulder to cry on and a listening ear. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and your sweet daughter, it has truly touched my life.