Kindness. The world could use some more kindness. I don’t think this has been more evident in America than it is right now. I am still shaken up by the senseless slaughter in Newton, CT last Friday. I have a 6 year old cousin, whom I love dearly. She is the brightest, wittiest, smartest, funniest, most amazing child. My nearly 2 year old son has a very close bond with her already. It started the first day she came over to meet him. She made sure that everyone washed their hands before holding the baby. My husband said he wished she were old enough to babysit, because she ran a tight ship! Even as he was still an infant, Jack was drawn to her. We all went on a family vacation when Jack was just 6 months old. He couldn’t stay away from her. I  have these amazing photos of the two of them. He just wanted to smother her face with open mouthed infant kisses. Every single time he sees her, his reaction is the same. Even recently, she gave Jack her old train table and he wanted nothing to do with anyone but her after she walked through our front door. I love watching them together. I cannot imagine our world without her. Her wit is on another level. The things she says are so wise and beyond her years. I look forward to my aunt updating her status with the latest quote. Sometimes I think that Jack is going to be a child much like her, I can see his spunkiness, maybe that is why he is so drawn to her.

courtesy of blog.whosyourbrother.com

courtesy of blog.whosyourbrother.com

So, to think that these children were her makes me so sad. I remember holding her a couple days after she was born. I just ache at the thought. I ache at the fact that this is reality for families this Christmas. Christmas. These kids should be looking forward to Santa, like Jack has already been doing. These parents should be filled with the excitement I feel watching my own child saying ho ho for Santa. But they aren’t. What can I do about it? Nothing. I am powerless.

I do love the idea of kindness. The viral ideal where you conduct 26 acts of kindness for the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary. I am working on that list. I have a couple completed already. I have been thinking and looking for other ways to help my fellow human beings. Yesterday, I did give my Christmas card with a gift inside to the man who helps us with our groceries. I blogged about that a couple weeks ago. I was so excited to hand him his card. I have a few other things I have done. I won’t list them all, because I don’t need to be recognized for them all, but I am working on it. I want to complete this, even if it takes me some time. When I see an opportunity, I will seize it.

Will you be completing random acts of kindness? Have you done a task like this before?