Yesterday, March 4, my sweet mother would have turned 80 years old. I can't help but wonder about the celebrating we would have done with her. I can imagine just how she would have looked, sweet smile and dark hair (great friends with her hair stylist). She left us unexpectedly at the age of 65, before her time should have been up (in many minds). The one thing I will say is she "packed it in" during those 65 years. She taught kindergarten and loved it. We always wished she would have written a book with all those stories she came home with. She also started Pooh Corner Preschool when a mom in town asked her if she would after the school went to half day kindergarten. She instilled a love of reading in all of us 6 kids---and the many grandkids who followed. She baked cutout cookies for us to frost, made sure our birthdays were celebrated in style, helped us fill May Baskets every year to deliver to classmates and neighbors, and the list goes on.
We have done a variety of things to celebrate mom's birthday since she passed. This year my 'baby' sister texted all of us kids and challenged us to 80 Random Acts of Kindness in honor of mom's birthday. WOW! 80! And at least one act had to involve giving someone an apple (which mom collected). That meant I had to act quickly! So....here is what I came up with:
*quick run to the grocery store and picked up 10 apples to hand out to random people during the day
*paid for 3 people's breakfast who were behind me and the convenience store when I was grabbing my cup of coffee
*took a meal over to a family
*gave a co-worker a yogurt to have for a snack
*took bus duty for our band teacher who had an extra band practice (4 degrees out and windy!)
*shared my fruit at lunch
*carried my daughter's bow in from the car after archery practice
*picked up supper for my husband and daughter while they were practicing archery so we wouldn't be late for church activities
*bought my dog an new spikey ball toy
*shared some counselor forms with a new counselor
*mailed notes to a couple of friends to encourage and thank them
*tidied up the information table at the archery club
*hung up clothes that had fallen on the floor of the clearance rack at Shopko
*money on my college daughter's bank account without being asked for it!
AND CONTINUING TODAY:
*ordered donuts for the last practice of 7th and 8th grade Jazz Band
*candies in mailboxes of co-workers
*notes on kids lockers encouraging growth mindset
*posters on the bathroom stall doors encouraging good character
Can't wait to see what else my day brings! I know one thing, it sure is makes my day to do these Random Acts of Kindness!