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A reunion with kindness

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I had a chance encounter this past week with a woman who was a true angel to my family several years ago. Sandra went out of her way to care for my mother and myself as my father was dying. She even put her life (and car) at risk, driving through a snowstorm.

Sandra played a role in what was one of the worst moments of my life, but also a moment that helped inspire this blog, The Memories Project.

Over the years, I’ve thought about Sandra and her multiple acts of kindness. Such people seem to appear when you need them the most.

And so it happened that our paths crossed again. You can read about the encounter via my post on Medium or via the Twitter thread below. (Click through to read entire thread on Twitter.)

As I’ve said before, I’m a skeptic, but I’m also not a fool. There can only be so many coincidences. I keep my eyes and heart open for these moments, and try to learn from them. I hope you will do the same in your lives, and also remember that small acts of kindness can have a tremendous impact on a person’s life.

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The kindness of virtual strangers

Today, one of the drivers of the local transit system went to visit my mom in the nursing home. It was a very kind gesture (he even brought flowers!)

Jorge is one of my mom’s favorite drivers and he also helped her out when her power was turned off. The kindness of (virtual) strangers is so refreshing in this day and age. Jorge and my mom are culturally worlds apart. (Though in an interesting twist, since she’s become ill, she can actually pronounce his name correctly. Before that, she butchered it, including “Hay-Ho.”)

Yet when he found he had business to do in Roswell, he went out of his way to see my mom in the nursing home. He set with her at lunch and kept her company. The visit made her day.

I think back to Dad, and the librarians, and other locals who kept track of him and helped him as he descended into dementia.

With so much evil and despair reported in the news, sometimes it is easy to forget that simple acts of kindness do continue to exist in this world.

Thank you Jorge. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

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