Thoughtful Tuesdays is when we post about something we are either thankful for, an act of kindness we witnessed or of a way we "paid it forward".
I'm actually cheating a bit and posting on Wednesday but backdating it to Tuesday because although I tried to post yesterday we are having a nap strike in this house and quiet computer time is a very precious and rare occurrence. I started writing it on Tuesday anyways.
I was recently very touched by a parcel I received in the mail. The parcel came from a woman who lives in my home town. I haven't lived there in about 15 years and haven't visited in over 5. This particular lady didn't know me well when I lived there because there was a bit of an age difference and probably also a difference in interests (if she wasn't frequenting parties and slinking around bars then I probably didn't see a lot of her).
In the past year I have become quite friendly with a few great ladies due to Twitter. Kristen is one of them. Kristen is a young mother of four. Yes, FOUR. She's got commitments and kids in sports and a husband that is often away from home due to work. Yet this woman found the time, money and thoughtfulness to send me a little parcel that contained an adorable pair of little boy shoes for Lincoln and a Starbucks card for me with a card that said "A little pick me up for those shitty days".
It really, truly meant so much to me. And I happen to know she's done a lot of really awesome things for a lot of other women/friends in her community. For example when another friend had major surgery, Kristen rallied their friends and had everyone make a meal so that the friend who had surgery wouldn't have to cook for weeks after her surgery.
I am thankful to have come from a place where the women band together and look after each other and help each other out. And I feel lucky that the kindness has reached me, 1000 kilometers away.