I don’t know a single second grader at Duchesne Academy. As a matter of fact, I don’t know one single student in the entire school. But that won’t stop me from being grateful for them today.
If you read this post, you may remember that one of our daughters experienced what we thought was just a minor injury to her face while playing at the zoo. However, two months later there was a large, hard lump in her cheek and we were being sent to Texas Children’s Hospital for a consultation with a surgeon. Like most parents, I don’t relish the thought of someone operating on my child’s face, or any other part of her body. (I am, however, incredibly grateful that we live in a place and time where we have access to excellent care when the need arises.)
Getting there was no small feat. I was by myself with the girls, and made the grave mistake of leaving the stroller at home. We parked off-site and rode the metro bus into the medical district, but still had several blocks to walk to the hospital…in hundred-degree heat…HOLDING a 35-pound toddler. By the time we exited the elevator on the 8th floor of the hospital, we were all exhausted. It was time for Remi’s nap, which she obviously wasn’t going to get. And poor Addy was becoming more and more nervous about her appointment.
Enter the Duchesne students I’ve never met.
After registering, we sat down at a little table in the plastic surgery waiting area and found it strewn with little baggies of prepared activities. This adorable note was inside Addy’s bag:
The girls got to work on their activities right away. Remington kept busy stringing beads onto a bracelet, while Addison chose yarn art (and loved it so much, she made another one after we were back home.)
I couldn’t help but think how sweet it was of those who created these little kits to do so even though they’d probably never meet the patients who would use them. Could they possibly know what a perfect distraction they’d provide for a worried little girl (not to mention a tired toddler and a frazzled mom)? I was so thankful to these young ladies and their teacher(s) for making us all smile today when we needed the lift.
I love experiences like this. They make me want to “pay it forward”…..to do some random act of kindness that just might make a total stranger smile.
I hope that today you will make it a point to take notice of the kindness of others. I hope you’ll put a smile on someone’s face and that doing so will make you smile, too.
P.S. Praise God for the surgeon’s good news: Addy has a resolving hematoma which should eventually go away completely. The doctor said he would have expected it to be much worse…but maybe he didn’t know to Whom we were praying! 😉 Before leaving the hospital, we took our projects apart (after the obligatory phone pics, of course) and put everything back the way we found it so that other children could enjoy the same fun distractions.