I got a surprise IM from a colleague today asking me a familiar question. “Do you have any family in the area?”
My last name is pretty uncommon – under 1000 people in the US with my Surname and I’m related to all of them one way or another – some much more distantly than others.
So, of course, my answer was, “Yes. Who do you know?”
I always expect it to be some cousin. It almost always is some cousin or other. “I don’t remember the woman’s name, but her husband was Kenneth and she lives near Twin Pines.”
“That would be Mama and Daddy.”
I don’t know the full story from either side. My mother, I know, lost a significant bit of cash around Christmas – significant enough that not having it would have made huge impact in what she could do in December. My understanding is that it wouldn’t have just impacted Christmas, but the finances for whole month. I have no idea why she was carrying that much cash.
Whether it was in her wallet or with some other identifying data, I don’t know. What I do know is that a kind person returned it to her. I didn’t think I would get to thank the kind person, but I did. Today. As it turns out, my colleague had an experience that touched her emotionally around Christmas. Apparently she found a significant bit of cash and was able to return it to the rightful owner – my mama.
I know that there are lots of horrible things going on in the world, but there are also small kindnesses everywhere and they really do change the world. Every day we are presented with opportunities to make the world a better place, one small kindness at a time.