Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day 1807 - Kind gestures

Random Acts of Kindness

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After cheer training and parent/teacher interviews yesterday I came home to find a bag of frozen meals on my counter top. Darby had brought it home from school. What is it? I asked,  The school gave it to me because you are busy, he replied.  


Inside was a batch of home made pumpkin soup, a container of lamb casserole and a bag of frozen vegetables. There was no note.  Just food. 

So many things went through my head.

Why do we need food sent home?

Does my son look hungry?

Am I dropping the ball that much with my school communications that they think I'm losing the plot?

Do I look sick?

Do we look sick?

Are they aware of Chelsea's treatment and they want to help us feed her?

Is the food actually for us or is it for us to give to someone who needs it?

Who made this food? 

Why did they make this food?

Is this someone's left overs and they're just sharing it around?

Was it made specially for us?

Have I missed reading a newsletter that tells us that we have some sort of food drive going on?

I know, I know ... I should be grateful for this wonderful act of kindness. And I am. But I am also confused.

I emailed the school to say "thanks ... appreciate ...  I don't understand". 

It turns out it was just a simple act of recognition and care.  They have a CARE program running at the school organised by the Community Council. In involves a freezer that families can donate meals to and then school staff can offer help by means of a meal to families who for many different reasons may be going through some tough or busy times.

It turns out that they thought we might need a meal cooked for us.

Wow!  Really? That is so incredibly kind! 

While I was initially embarrassed to be considered as someone "in need" I am now full of appreciation and gratitude to be part of such a loving and supportive community of people.  

This act of kindness was small and understated in its delivery ... but in the whole scheme of life it really is quite a grand gesture.  One I will remember.  One I will be sure to pass on ...

Have you ever been humbled by an act of kindness recently? 


  1. I just had a friend give me flowers for no reason - but was thrown even more by the fact that I totally forgot we were meeting for coffee and left her sitting there for half an hour before I finally came flying in (in a shambles) and she didn't even get cross or comment - she was all 'I had my iPad and was doing work...and these are for you!' so I felt like a total heel that had somehow moved into a parallel universe...

  2. Isn't it lovely when a community reaches out and really makes you feel a part of it! Schools come up with some brilliant initiatives.

  3. What a gorgeous community minded and kind idea! My daughter's school (she left 2yrs ago) had a similar program in place, though I think it was aimed at families with illness or hardships. Kindness like this brings a tear to my eye. I'm such a softie! ;-)

  4. Random acts of kindness go such a long way. And it's the smallest of acts that they are live longest in our hearts and minds.

  5. I think I'd have been a bit confused too but what a lovely gesture (especially now you know the reason behind it) :)

  6. Oh wow what a great idea for the school to have something like that. I think I would go through a similar thought process too though if I had received the meal with no explanation. Maybe they need to have a note sent home with it, so people understand.

  7. What a lovely idea, but yes... a note would have been good.

    I've been in a bit of a bad place mentally of late - partially (mostly?!) because I've been sick for weeks but this week I had to contact my accountant re my tax and - because she knows I'm not doing spectacularly financially - she actually agreed to do it herself at home for a HUGELY reduced price.

    I feel so grateful. (And a little embarrassed!)

  8. Oh that is a little bizarre! I would have been confused too!
    So nice though. What a great school community to do that.

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