Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Day 8: Good Neighbours

Random Acts of Christmas, Day 8

{A little bit of background for you} - There is a family that lives in the building across the street from us - very kind, very busy and always on the run. They have three young children and the mother is constantly trucking them all over the place. A new family moved into our building about a month ago. They recently moved here from Africa and when they moved in, they had a sign up in our building asking if anyone had children at the school near by that they could help with getting their two kids to and from school. I wished we could have helped and regularly thought of them after seeing their note. The other morning, Jeff and I were sitting having coffee and we saw the mother from across the street come out of their building- just like she always did, loading her three children into their van. But soon after, I noticed the two children from our building come out - they held hands as they crossed the street and got in to the van too. I don't know what it was, but there was something so totally heartwarming and sweet to see that these families had been able to connect and help each other out and it made me realize I really wanted to do something special for this family. Being a mom, I understand how difficult a balancing act it can be to fit everything into a day- but having 3 children, and then happily taking on two more - I can't even imaging. She is truly an incredible woman. I struggled with what to do for them - there are some cultural differences between us and I didn't want to do something that they may have been uncomfortable with, so figured I would play it safe. We picked up a gift card to a near by local grocery store and tucked it under the windshield wiper of their van - no need for a note about passing along kindness on this one.