Robin just fell asleep. Most nights one of us sits by her bed until she falls asleep. She gets more sleep that way. So we take the 10 or 15 extra minutes and sit with her. Tonight she reached out and patted me on the head. A small moment of kindness. She wasn’t falling asleep quickly, so I reached out and put my hand on her forehead and told her I loved her. Her act of loving kindness helped me do the same for her.
Today was a sick day for Maren and me. I stayed in bed late with a sore throat and head cold. She woke up with the same and threw up a few times. Erik was very kind to both of us. He just took an extra few minutes away from work to make sure we were cared for. Over the course of the day he made both of these smoothies for me.I have been wanting to try both of them, got the special ingredients needed — flax seeds, ginger root, rice milk, frozen raspberries, spinach, parsley, etc. — and he took the time to actually make them for me and deliver them to me. A special kindness on a day when I didn’t feel great.
When all the kids came home, they each seemed to need extra love and attention. I think Brandon may be getting the cold we have. He needed to use his calculator and was all spread out on the couch doing homework and asked if I would get it for him out of his backpack. I really wasn’t feeling well, but I knew he wasn’t either. So I got up and found it for him. Nicole needed a listening ear. Erik was home to give it to her. After trying to give her many solutions for her dilemmas, I started to try and listen more and just receive what she had to say. She was kind to me and kept me company while I made dinner. Camille always gives great hugs just when I need them.
Even though I didn’t have much to give, I somehow knew I needed some homemade chicken noodle soup. That was my offering to the fragile crew we all were today.
The seven of us made it to the dinner table. And the chicken soup and warm bread was just what the doctor ordered. I usually make dinner with a crew of kids. Then Erik cleans up. I was listening to a podcast here about how kindness inspires kindness – 40 random acts of kindness someone did on her 40th birthday. I was so tired, and my head was aching. Erik was getting Robin ready for bed, and the dishes weren’t done. I knew how tired Erik was after caring for all of us today and going to work on top of it all. Maren was feeling a bit better, and so we went and put all the soup dishes away and wiped up the counters and scrubbed the pots and pans while listening to that inspiring podcast.
Kindness does inspire kindness. Love begets love. Service inspires service. All those kindnesses help us connect and unite. It was a sick day, but one filled with love and service and kindness all around.