I don't see myself as a particularly kind and thoughtful person. During my working life - mostly with children from fairly disadvantaged backgrounds I loved my job and worked jolly hard to do my best for them all - but let's face it I was getting well-paid for it. Since retirement I have with both husbands had wonderful holidays all over the world, great friendships, much fun with music. I could go on but enough to say that I don't recall ever seeing myself as doing good particularly. Both husbands did. They were both good at spotting when somebody was in need of something being done and then they would step in and do it.
But fast forward to now. An act of kindness yesterday (after I had finished having a bit of a cry) just made me realise how lucky I am.
I had got all locked up for the evening - it was not a particularly nice evening and it was jolly cold. I was just thinking what to have for tea - lights on, blinds drawn, when my front door bell rang. "Who's this bothering me at this hour?" I unlocked the door to find my gardener D's partner standing on the step with a dish in her hand -handing it over she said "D's made you this". "This was an apple crumble." I beckoned him out of his van and gave him a kiss!! Only after they had gone did I have a little weep. What a kind thought.
During the evening I thought of the many acts of kindness I experience all the time and wonder what I have done to deserve them - I am in no state to reciprocate and yet they are so good. My friends T and S - T has a permanent screwdriver in his hand and goes around looking what needs doing (and doing it). I couldn't begin to list the jobs they do for me all the time - the help they give me without being asked. S similarly helps me all the time. They call - they spend an hour or so here, they keep me company, they make me laugh, they are here for me and I can't possily tell them how much I appreciate it. J my carer does so much over and above what I pay her to do - usually something in the fridge she has cooked for me and constant texts to keep my spirits up, When my husband was in hospital twenty five miles away with 'End of Life' care with his brain tumour friend W took me to hospital every single day because she could see I was in no fit state to drive myself.
Lots of other little acts too - I am so lucky - and not forgetting all of you out there - you bloggers who constantly cheer me up and keep me going. And this is just a little thank you from a soon to be ninety year old - what would I do without you all?