I am not writing this post so you can all agree with what I’m going to share, or tell me that I am kind, because we all know that I am not always kind. I sometimes have a short fuse and I can get aggravated really quickly, and too often, I’m happy to let someone know when they’ve aggravated me.
But, what I hope you realize from this story is that we never know when a kind word or an act of kindness . . often that we don’t even realize we’re doing, can affect someone for many years.
Back when I lived in Louisiana, I went to a church that I left when Chad was 5 years old. He’s now 28, so this incident happened sometime before Chad was 5. This lady is my friend on FB and yesterday when I was showing the Hawaiian Buns I had made, she or someone asked about the recipe and I shared the link where I found the recipe and this was her comment back to me.
Just in time for me to make my bread !! Thank you Mrs. Judy you always share whatever people ask for and you don’t have too. It’s so easy for you to say I found it on line or just say no. But I might not have seen you in YEARS !! But you are still that kind hearted woman I know I remember sitting outside you, Jennifer and me a few times and we would just talk and one time you had on this beautiful kinda like sailor dress, dark blue and gold trim, and when you told me you made it I freaked out !! You are such an awesome person and I still love ya!
This lady is quite a bit younger than I am. I was probably a bit over 35 at the time, and she was probably not even 25 with two small children and she always seemed tired and run down with two small boys and I don’t think that her husband was a lot of help to her. While I don’t even remember the incident, she has mentioned that dress, and the incident several times so I know it made a lasting impression on her.
There are probably plenty of people who will tell you I was not so nice to them and I wish I could go back and change those incidents, but I can’t. I am thankful that at least one person has a good memory of me from back then and I’m thankful that she has been kind enough to share her feelings.
We never know what kind of impression even a very slight act of kindness might make (and the bad ones do the same thing!), and I too often forget to share with folks who have been nice and kind, what those times mean to me also.