Wednesday, 23 January 2013

One good deed means sneaking about in the dark.

In my little girl's class at school there's a Mummy who's been having a tough time lately. She's young, funny, full of life and constantly, almost worryingly, positive. But she's had knock after knock lately. As well as having a daughter the same age as That Baby, she also has the most beautiful smiling little boy who's just a toddler. Her Husband has left her and moved abroad. She manages not only to be unerringly supportive of her children, entirely on her own, she also single handedly cares for her elderly grandmother. She's an amazing lady, but if you told her that she wouldn't have any of it.

Tomorrow is her birthday, but she's celebrating without her children. Their everso thoughtful Daddy had taken them away on a family holiday that just so happens to clash with her one and only birthday. Coincidence? She says it is, I say "What a worm!"

So, I organised a little surprise birthday party for her at my house yesterday, only I didn't tell her, that would ruin the surprise a bit. Friends arrived, cakes were arranged on dainty little plates, teapots warmed etc. Then I had a message to say another friend had turned up and whisked her away to spend a lovely day elsewhere. Not knowing about our plans she had no choice but to cancel. It wasn't a problem, we ate cake in her honour and drank tea and chatted and had a lovely time.

This evening I put on my black coat, gloves, pulled up my hood and stealthily made my way to her door. I knocked and left her a parcel of cakes, a gift, card and a bottle of wine on her doorstep.

I didn't stay to talk to her, it was late (ish), well after 9 o'clock, and I worried that if she's anything like me she might be in her pyjamas! Besides, I thought the surprise of a stealth parcel would be nicer. Plus I somehow didn't want her to thank me. Does that sound strange? I just wanted her to know that I was thinking of her. So I stole away into the night. Pretty flippin fast considering the ice!

And as I sneaked away I felt SO happy! A bigger and better high than any drug I'm sure.

I think it's so important to do little things to make people happy every now and then. And certainly worth it.

What can I do next I wonder.....



13 comments:

  1. That's beautiful, and you're right he's a worm.

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    1. Haha, glad you agree! Definitely a worm!

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  2. That is fantastic! Such a sweet gesture, & I love, love, love the stealthiness {plus it makes your gift a genuine gift & not a "pat me on the back for thinking of you" moment}. Good karma points for you!

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    1. She deserves it I think. Plus a little good karma is always handy!

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  3. Awww that's so nice! It's always the little things that make people smile that people will remember x

    thesparklypanda.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I agree totally, little things are so much nicer, I find big over blown gestures a little embarrassing somehow. But I remember a sweet small thing for years :) xx

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  4. You sound like a truly wonderful person Kate, what a kind thing to do for her. I completely empathize with her as my ex is very very similar, a total "worm" as you put it. They make everything in life so much harder. You did a great thing for her and I bet she would of appreciated it!

    Amy x cocktailsinteacups.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh bless you Anne-Marie, that's so sweet of you. If you lived in my neck of the woods I'd be sneaking away from your doorstep right now! It's rotten that anyone should be made to feel that way, nobody deserves that! You do well to stay so positive, I have nothing but admiration for you :) xxxx

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    2. Amy-Marie! So sorry! Silly phone xxx

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  5. this was so nice of you!! :)

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    1. That's very kind, thank you. She totally deserved it xx

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    1. Bless you, not really. That lass deserves so much more :)

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