We all know the bad and the ugly of what happened last Friday in Newtown, CT.
This is the good.
We live in a second floor traditional New England style home. From the outside it looks like a single family home, with a porch. Inside are three floors divided up into separate apartments. True New England living.
Upstairs and downstairs are young college students. So the neighbors upstairs hear my kids constant shrieks and screams. The neighbors downstairs get pounded on by the kids’ running back and forth. I’ve said sorry to them in my head countless times.
Our neighborhood is walking distance to the Harvard campus. So,
smart really smart college kids, but nonetheless bachelors. Young children are scarce in our area.
Our porch (pictured above) is shared with our neighbors and as you can see our kids’ stuff dominates.
The thing is, it normally doesn’t look like that. All neat and tidy I mean.
The bikes are usually sprawled everywhere. That ball is never in the bucket, it’s constantly rolling around. And the tricycle hanging over the balcony? That never happens. But it did, today.
Tonight I walked up in a tired rush with my 3 kids to find the porch totally cleaned and organized. I have no idea who did it.
We received a random act of kindness and it felt really great.
#26acts of Kindness
A couple days ago Ann Curry from NBC News wrote about a movement started to honor the 26 lives that were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Basically, you vow to do 26 random acts of kindness, each representing a life lost that day. The movement has gone viral. We all want to do something.
To get your mind going, here are some things others have done:
- Put money in someone else’s parking meter.
- Paid off someone’s Walmart layaway.
- Made cookies to hand out to strangers.
- Take food to a new mom.
Even a smile is something. When was the last time you looked a stranger in the eye and smiled?
I don’t know what exactly I’ll be doing for all of them, but this is #1! I’m opening this blog post to ANY blogger that has written about or is participating in the #26acts of Kindness. Feel free to link up your post below!
But I hope after #26; it doesn’t stop.