Cross My Heart

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Sometimes those that give the most are the ones with the least to spare.
— Mike McIntyre

My mother-in-law learned to crochet in Cuba when she was seven years old.  It has become her passion and something she relies on to relax and unwind. She’s made hats, scarfs, socks, pot holders, baby blankets, you name it.  When I was recently at her house she showed me bags and bags of crotched goodies waiting to find their rightful homes. 

And the best part of all is that she just gives them away.  If she hears of anyone who’s had a baby or is sick or anyone that could use a little uplifting, she crotchets them something using their favorite colors or whatever colors she feels best represents the gift.  We have a blanket that she made for us years ago that we keep in our living room and use daily. 

For this Wednesday’s Random Act of Kindness I wanted to feature my mother-in-law for the kindness acts she’s been doing recently.  It’s been almost three weeks that her husband has been in the hospital and she’s been by his side every single day.  They’ve been married for over 50 years and I admire and respect their tireless love.  I feel so fortunate to have so many shining examples of successful relationships in my life.

My in-laws are devoted Catholics and have a strong faith.  There has been a lot of praying lately so it’s only natural that my mother-in-law would choose to crochet crosses during a time in need.  She’s met a lot of nurses, workers and other people that are visiting family members and she’s handed out countless crosses to them.  She’s so sweet because she tries to feel them out and make sure that they would appreciate the cross and not get offended if they were of a different faith. 

She is one of the most considerate people I know.  In my eyes, she’s been a Kindness Ambassador her entire life.  She gives everything she has to the people she loves and even to those that she’ll probably never see again.

I invite you to OM the moment for your soul and use some of your talents or skills to do a Random Act of Kindness for a stranger.  You may never know the impact that you will have on someone.  When Alex asked his mom why she gives her creations away, she said in Spanish that it brings her satisfaction.  Translation = It brings her joy.  Kindness acts will bring you joy as well.  So get on out there and make someone’s day!  Encourage your friends and family to join in.  When you do, come on back here and share your story. 

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